KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A classic artwork is temporarily on display at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art this spring, and it’s all thanks to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Nelson-Atkins backed the Chiefs in Museum Bowl 2023, a Super Bowl LVII bet against the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA), which bet on its hometown team to take home the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
As for what was at stake, one work of art was at stake for each museum.
Thanks to the Chiefs’ win, Thomas Eakins’ “Sailing” painting should arrive in Kansas City on loan in time for the April 27 NFL Draft.
“We look forward to welcoming the PMA contingent to Nelson-Atkins and will deliver on our promise to provide them with a fantastic barbecue while they are here,” said Julián Zugazagoitia, director and chief executive officer of Nelson Atkins, in a written statement. . Chiefs and the Eagles played an excellent and very entertaining game, we were delighted that the Chiefs won the Super Bowl ”.
PMA CEO and Director Sasha Suda extended congratulations to Kansas City on its Super Bowl win.
“Our Eakins will be coming in full swing and it will be a pleasure to share this Philadelphia treasure with our friends in Kansas City,” said Suda.
If the Eagles won Super Bowl LVII, Nelson-Atkins planned to loan Raphaelle Peale’s “Venus Rising from the Sea – A Deception,” since Peale was from Philadelphia.