Philly home for Barnes collection to open May 19

Tom McCarthy, a carpenter foreman, works at the site for the Barnes Foundation's new home for its renowned art collection, set to open May 19, 2012, on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011 in Philadelphia. Foundation officials have been embroiled in a years-long legal battle over the multibillion-dollar collection. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

September 15, 2011 1:09:40 PM PDT
The Barnes Foundation will open a new home for its renowned art collection on May 19 in downtown Philadelphia.

The announcement Thursday comes even as a judge continues to weigh whether the masterpieces should be moved at all from their current suburban home.

Foundation officials have been embroiled in a years-long legal battle over the multibillion-dollar collection.

A judge ruled in 2004 that officials could break the will of founder Albert Barnes and move the art from Lower Merion because of crippling financial problems. The judge is re-examining the ruling after a group opposed to the move alleged in a lawsuit that he didn't have all the evidence when he made the decision.

Barnes president Derek Gillman said Thursday he is confident the new facility will open in May.


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