According to this article, discussion related to the Barnes Foundation art collection reopened on Monday.  A petition was filed in Montgomery County Orphan’s Court on February 17, 2011 to stop the transfer of the art from its current Lower Merion location to Philadelphia, which is scheduled to be completed next Spring.

The petition was filed on behalf of several groups who are apparently dedicated to keeping the collection in Lower Merion under the terms of Albert Barnes’ will.

In December 2004, Judge Stanley Ott granted permission for, but did not mandate, the move of the collection to Philadelphia.  Judge Ott’s decision cited the Barnes Foundation’s precarious financial status as one of the factors that guided the Court’s decision to allow the move.

(Nicole Dornbusch assisted with this blog posting.)