Massachusetts art museum wins Super Bowl wager

Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast by Albert Bierstadt (Photo: Clark Art Institute)

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Many people made bets on this year’s Super Bowl, but one unique wager ends in a local art museum gaining a piece.

Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts made a bet with the Seattle Art Museum, also known as SAM. The losing museum would loan one of its prized works to the winning museum for three months.

Since the New England Patriots won, Clark Art Institute will be showcasing “Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast” by Albert Bierstadt.

Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast by Albert Bierstadt (Photo: Clark Art Institute)
Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast by Albert Bierstadt (Photo: Clark Art Institute)

The staff is excited to welcome the painting. Officials say the painter, Albert Bierstadt, was raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts, so it’s like welcoming the work of a native son back to the New England area.

“It will work just like any other exchange of loans with museums which we do frequently. The Seattle Art Museum will crate the painting and ship it here with their staff. We will install it with all great museum professional standards just like we would any loan,” said Richard Rand, senior curator.

The Clark says it is still figuring out logistics with the Seattle Art Museum, but officials will post installation dates as soon as they can.

Find out more about the Clark Art Institute here.

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