Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Atlanta's High Museum Waged a Super Bowl Twitter War

  • February 05, 2017 17:14

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Is that Tom Brady as George Washington? Via Twitter @mfaboston
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Sam Adams as a Patriots fan. Via Twitter.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

In a stunning comeback the New England Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons, 34 to 28 in overtime, to win Super Bowl LI on Sunday.

Leading up to the big game, two art institutions had a fierce exchange of team-centric images called #MuseumBowl -- with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston featuring the likes of Sam Adams sporting a Patriots beanie and Atlanta's High Museum of Art conjuring up a vicious side-by-side image comparison of landscapes, a balmy scene for Atlanta and winter-ravaged for New England.

Opposing landscapes. Via Twitter
High Museum of Art

The Friday afternoon Twitter war of words flaunted the museums' Photoshopped paintings in the name of football.

A tradition has also been forged for art institutions from the regions of the Super Bowl-playing teams to wager a major artwork for a 3-month loan. Some years, museums drop the ball on the wager tradition.

In 2015, Seattle sent Albert Bierstadt’s "Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast" to the Clark art Institute in Williamstown, Mass., after the Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks. Frederic Remington's 1895 bronze sculpture, "The Broncho Buster," rode to the Seattle Art Museum from the Denver Art Museum in 2014.

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