The Art of the Steal is a 2009 documentary film about efforts to break Albert C. Barnes's will and relocate the Barnes art collection from its longtime home in Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania to Philadelphia. The collection of late-19th- and early-20th-century art includes 181 Renoirs, 69 CÃ©zannes, 60 Matisses 44 Picassos and 14 Modiglianis. The 9,000 piece collection is valued at over billion.
In his three-and-a-half star review of the film, Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote, "It is perfectly clear exactly what Barnes specified in his will. It was drawn up by the best legal minds. It is clear that what happened to his collection was against his wishes. It is clear that the city fathers acted in obviation of those wishes, and were upheld in a court of appeals. What is finally clear: It doesn't matter a damn what your will says if you have billion, and politicians and the establishment want it."