The Art Of The Steal - 2009 - 6/10
Documentary on how Philadelphia politicians, charitable institutes, and foundations, colluded to disregard the stipulated will of mega collector Albert C Barnes, and shift stewardship of a priceless collection to the Philadelphia Museum.
Why? Tourist money in the millions.
The group I viewed this with were appalled.
I argued theft is in our DNA. I referenced the Elgin Marbles, the Hermitage, loot taken by Caesar, Napoleon, Goering, and untold wealth grabbed by Conquistador Spain from Central and South America.
The group chastised me for being cynical. I declined to point out that living room outrage is the equivalent of the social media “Dislike.” The protesting sheep is still mutton.