Indianapolis (Museum of Art) vs. New Orleans (Museum of Art)

January 27, 2010
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One of the more entertaining sideline dramas leading up to the Saints/Colts Super Bowl battle has been the playful but heated arrangement of a bet between the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

The kick off came when IMA's Max Anderson offered to lend a painting by Ingrid Calame in the unlikely event that that Saints emerged victorious. NOMA smack-talked back, calling the Calame "an insignificant" work and proposing to up the ante with a Renoir.

The back-and-forth is well chronicled here.

End result?

If Manning and company win, the IMA gets Claude Lorrain's Ideal View of Tivoli, 1644.

If the Saints pull it off, the IMA has to send south Joseph Turner, The Fifth Plague of Egypt, 1800.

Now that's getting into the competitive spirit.

Your thoughts?

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  • ART BET
    I think this is pretty clever on the museum director's part. This is an extremely good way to raise the profiles of both museums on the national level and increase museum attendance in the case of the winner. BTW, Indianapolis has a much better art museum than New Orleans.
  • Awesome
    I am very excited about the opportunity to see the Claude Lorrain's Ideal View of Tivoli, 1644 and the Joseph Turner, The Fifth Plague of Egypt, 1800 hanging side by side at the IMA. In fact, when it happens, ( and it will happen) I will make a personal contribution to the IMA in the name of NOMA. Max really raised the bar on this one. It is too bad that the the fragile condition of New Orleans' Portrait of Marie Antoinette prohibits it from traveling. Max's offer to obtain the Marie Antoinette as a loan really shut down NOMA and made me laugh out loud on that one. GO Colts and GO IMA!

  • I'll see your Claude and raise you a Turner!
    Very clever banter indeed! Go COLTS + IMA!
  • Art Bet
    What a terrific way to raise awareness for the Arts & Culture Champions in each City - would it be great if it's a trend instead of food being wagered
  • A Stickler for Grammar
    Loan is a noun. Lend is a verb. Max Anderson offered to lend a painting...
  • Love, Art
    This is representational of why I love art, artists, other people who like art and artists, and all the people and institutions making it possible for me to like and be exposed to art and artists.
  • thanks
    Thank for the correction, Editor. It has been changed.

    See, IBJ A&E has the smartest blog responders in the city.
  • :-)
    We are so lucky to have Max Anderson at the IMA!
  • The museum itself as a work of art
    As a former resident of NOLA (pre-hurricane) and now a resident of Indy, I have seen both museuems. Although I love NOLA, the IMA wins hands down as the most creative space between the two. NOMA is more of a traditional museum whereas the IMA actually uses the museum space itself as a work of art. Now, who do I root for in the Superbowl............
  • A Perfect Combination
    What a great way for Indy's emerging status as a world class arts destination to compliment our established reputation as a great sports town. Rather than taking the, all to frequent, stance of choosing not to intermingle "low-brow sports" with "high-brow art", Max has found a creative and engaging way to marry the two. Bravo!
  • Now that is..
    Now that is something I can hope for (outside the Colts winning). This is a type of bet that brings attention to the Cultural side of a city. I wish we saw bets like this more often.

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