Wichita got up close and personal with Bill Kochâ€™s star-studded art collection in 1992 and 1996, in exhibitions at the Wichita Art Museum that drew boffo crowds and inspired fantasies that the native Wichitan and Americaâ€™s Cup winner might turn the loan into a gift someday. Similar thinking has sparked debate in Boston, where two of Kochâ€™s racing yachts are on display outside the Museum of Fine Arts as part of the just-opened exhibition “Things I Love: The Many Collections of William I. Koch.” One passer-by told The Boston Globe, “Theyâ€™re beautiful, but Iâ€™m still trying to figure out why theyâ€™re at the museum.” That Koch is funding some of the showâ€™s costs is fueling the controversy in the art world. But whether in Boston or Wichita, itâ€™s getting harder all the time to argue that itâ€™s a bad thing when art creates a buzz.
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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