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Judge Sets Hearing Date In Barnes Foundation Case

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The judge who cleared the way for the legendary Barnes Foundation art collection to relocate to Philadelphia has ordered a new hearing in the contentious case.

Montgomery County Orphans Court Judge Stanley Ott on Friday ordered a March 18 hearing.

Ott says he wants the Barnes Foundation and the attorney general’s office, who argued in favor of the move, to explain why the case shouldn’t be reopened.

The judge’s order comes after a petition filed by a citizens group that wants the Barnes to stay in suburban Lower Merion.

Friends of the Barnes Foundation says Ott didn’t have all the evidence when he approved the art collection’s move in 2006.

The Barnes galleries are slated to close in June and reopen next year near the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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  • K Schmit

    The LAST WILL AND TESITMONY of the property’s owner should be SACRED. To think big political power can STEAL that away. It is a travesty to the life and work of Albert Barnes who collected the art and labored in the arboretum all his life. His intention was to share the art and arboretum in its entirety as he had during his life. It is a question of HONOR.

  • tjinphilly

    These rich snots fought hard to limit the Barnes. They restricted bus movement, restricted car movement, all for the purpose of trying to make the Barne’s their own personal art gallery. They don’t care about the collection, if they DID they would have ponyed up the mega-millionss needed to have the Barnes stay. BUT, in typical fashion, they didn’t care THAT much. Now they want to use OTHER people’s money to keep their private little gallery. TOO LATE…you fought and you lost. Give it up!

  • Friend of Barnes

    Such a case sets a VERY dangerous precedent. It can make ANYBODY’S will fair game to be overruled by the courts.

  • C Mann

    The residents of the area the Barnes is in has made life difficult for those of us that enjoy art to go through the process of making appointments weeks in advance to be able to tour the museum, and now the tax dollars that it generated will no longer be going to the township and instead their own property taxes will go up to compensate for the revenue loss is the only reason they are squawking now. I say way too late for this, the judge should not entertain this one bit.

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