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Story involves either and altruistic alliance to benefit the greater good.
Or -- shameless conspiracy to steal priceless possessions depending on your point of view.
-- -- James Rosen has the story of what is happening to one of the world's great collections of art.
Tucked away on twelve acres of carefully sculpted arboretum grounds and lower Marion PA the barns foundation found when he -- America's only national treasure within expiration date.
Across ten galleries the foundations rich and eccentric founder of the lead -- he -- Displayed a collection now worth an estimated 35 billion dollars the 2200 paintings include 181 works by Renoir 46 by Picasso including his stunning peasants from 1906.
1059 by Henri Matisse among them his 1912 seeded -- and that is priceless mural adults rendered specially to fit the boards is arching windows.
Where there's -- from the 15106.
In obtaining from the 19100.
And that entire wall is covered.
And then there's pain is thin and now people.
-- walking in to the ground can be completely overwhelmed.
-- positioned every object with fanatical precision.
Consider George so -- famous models from 1987.
The lady in black -- upper left is actually part of an earlier painting by -- But winking bit of self reference here and in the foreground were the news disrobe.
It is as if we or the fourth person in the room.
Right below that -- -- -- -- card players from 1890s in which we or the fourth player at the table.
They burn foundation is C.
Complex of nature of art of architecture.
That was created by a man who had a vision of how to share.
Works Savard in a very unique particular way.
When Barnes died in 1951 his will and trust papers specified his collection was to remain untouched at the home he built for -- -- today work crews in downtown.
-- -- -- For the foundation of a new 200 million dollar facility -- the Barnes collection will open in 2012 and likely stay for good.
In the very city -- art and society establishment -- loathed.
It's it was a disgrace that that's such a limited number of people could see this great collection.
A disgrace Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell now in his second term has -- a powerful alliance of politicians economic development and tourism officials.
And high priests of the Philadelphia art establishment who have successfully battled in court and in the media to move the -- -- to the city.
By mid decade even the board of the barns foundation itself was stacked with directors who declared the old location financially unsustainable and who supported the move.
The basic display.
Is -- replicate as accurately as possible the way they -- which displayed in the day and doctor -- -- house and obviously it's going to be larger.
Because one of the things we -- wanted to do was credible right and expose them to more people.
What some see as a fundamental property rights issue from regrettably we see this happen time and again that.
Immediately intuition of government that they think they know better than you do -- as to how to dispose of your property of others cast as a matter of pragmatic problem solving for the good of the people.
He could not operate a museum at that location -- that restrictions.
And that size and make it financially sustainable for the long run and where some point to what might have been done.
But there are other assets that the barns foundation has access to they wanted to use those assets to.
And continued residence here in Marion -- -- intact.
Others cite the inevitable march of history could you sold -- work.
Yes -- could we've got to sustain it for awhile sure another 51012.
But eventually this same problem -- of cropped up.
The papers that Albert Barnes left behind did contemplate a moving all of his collection in the event -- lower Marion facility became financially unsustainable.
More recently the state courts have ruled that the friends of the Barnes who are trying to stop the move lacked the standing to sue.
But they say Brett.
Don't count them out yet.
So it's not a done deal yet James.
It is if you look around this construction site but there are some die hard activists who still think they have the legal options left.
All right James Rosen live tonight in Philadelphia.
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