Controversial Move of Barnes Foundation Examined at the Clark

For Immediate Release

April 21, 2005

The Barnes Foundation will be discussed during "A Private Collection Goes Public: A Conversation on the Future of the Barnes Collection," at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Saturday, May 7 at 2 p.m.  Kimberly Camp, president and CEO of the Barnes Foundation, and Dr. Richard R. Brettell, Margaret McDermott Professor of Art and Aesthetics at the University of Texas at Dallas, will discuss the future of the Barnes Collection as it plans its move to downtown Philadelphia. Michael Conforti, Director of the Clark, will serve as moderator. This free discussion is part of the Clark's Issues and Ideas series.

The controversial court case involving the future of the Barnes Foundation was settled this past December.  The remarkable private collection, including works by Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, and Picasso, will be relocated from the home of the late Dr. Albert C. Barnes in a residential neighborhood in Merion, Pennsylvania, to central Philadelphia.  Opponents of the relocation referred to Dr. Barnes's will, which states that his collection was never to move.  Additionally, the foundation, established in 1922, houses classes in fine art and horticulture appreciation, a library, and an arboretum, which serves the foundation's goal of maintaining its collection to serve as a teaching tool.  Proponents of the relocation cited improved public access to the art and protection of the foundation from possible bankruptcy.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.   The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (daily in July and August). Gallery admission is free through May.  For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit


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