Judge Stanley Ott last week upheld sanctions against the Friends of the Barnes and another petitioner who brought suit to stop the move of the Barnes collection from Merion to Philadelphia, according to MainLineMediaNews.
Ott ordered several individual members of the Friends group to pay $25,000, according to MainLineMediaNews, and attorney Richard Ralph Feudal, who had filed a separate petition and had written a book on the Barnes Foundation’s saga, to pay $15,000.
the request to reopen his 2004 decision, which permitted the move to Philadelphia, and ordered the Friends to pay court the Barnes Foundation’s court costs and lawyers' fees, totaling more than $60,000. Click her to read the court opinion and order.
Fight or no fight, the Philadelphia Barnes is set to open May 19, which will start a 10-day celebration with special visits to the new facility, including a weekend of free admission to the new museum on May 26-28.
Timed tickets go on sale to the general public Thursday, according to Philly.com.
Last week, outside the new museum of a sculpture by Ellsworth Kelly entitled Barnes Totem.
The grounds of the new site for the Barnes collection are coming together, although they are still encircled by a chain-link fence.