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Indianapolis and New Orleans Museums Duke It Out Over the Super Bowl

Last week, art blogger Tyler Green tried to arrange a Super Bowl art loan bet between the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the New Orleans Museum of Art via Twitter. The museum directors stepped up pretty quickly and wagered to loan their competitors a beloved art work for a three-month period, if their city's respective football team lost the Super Bowl. After some very competitive back and forth banter via Twitter and emails concerning which pieces would be loaned, the two arrived at a deal: if the Saints win (Geaux Saints!), the IMA will loan The Fifth Plague of Egypt (1800, left) by Joseph Turner to the NOMA for three months, and if the Colts win, NOMA will loan Ideal View of Tivoli (1644, right) by Claude Lorrain to IMA. Who knew landscape paintings could be so cutthroat?

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lizlee89 lizlee89 7 years
I don't think this is degrading to art in the slightest; if anything it is treating the works as treasures to be craved, as they should be. I love this; I've never been to Indianapolis but I saw Ideal View of Tivoli when I visisted New Orleans and it is incredible...
Hex Hex 7 years
Part of me wants to act like this degrades the art or something but screw it. Anything that has people raising their eyebrows and thinking about museums is fantastic.
lilegwene lilegwene 7 years
That's a great idea!
syako syako 7 years
That's so cool! I love NOMA by the way. And yes, of course, Geaux Saints! ;)
girlgreen girlgreen 7 years
this is hilarious.
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