Judge Allows Barnes Foundation to Lend Artwork from Its Vast Collection to Other Institutions


Room 10 at The Barnes Foundation
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A Pennsylvania judge grants the petition submitted by the Barnes Foundation to lend some of the famous artwork from its collection to other institutions.

Last month, a Pennsylvania judge granted the petition submitted by The Barnes Foundation to lend some of the famous artworks from its collection to other institutions and to display the paintings outside the set configurations that were established by its founder, Albert C. Barnes, writes Ted Loos for The New York Times.

Judge Melissa S. Sterling of the Orphans’ Court of Montgomery County ruled that the paintings at the Barnes “may from time to time be lent to other institutions or temporarily relocated within the Foundation’s premises for temporary exhibition purposes consistent with the educational mission of the Foundation.”

No more than 20 artworks can be away from their usual place at any time, states the ruling.

The decision comes after the drama surrounding the foundation’s move from its original suburban home in Lower Merion in 2012 finally died down. The relocation to a new facility in Philadelphia sparked years of controversy and outcry.

Both the move and the newly approved lending policy go against the wishes set out by Barnes in his original indenture of trust. Due to the changes, the collection will both look and become much more like a global museum.

Read more about the Barnes Foundation in The New York Times.


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