(As this is first of February, Rabbit Rabbit to you all.)

Remington’s ‘The Bronco Buster’

(Picture courtesy of LBJ Library at Wikimedia commons.)

A twist that really inspires art lovers is the agreement by the Super Bowl teams’ home stomping grounds to give up a work of art should that team lose.  A work by Frederic Remington in exchange for a work by Tsuji Kako are at risk.

Our last word in business is: a friendly wager.

Museums in Denver and Seattle bet art in the name of football. If Seattle wins the Super Bowl, the Denver Art Museum hands over a Frederic Remington bronze of a cowboy on a bucking bronco.

If Denver wins, the Seattle Art Museum gives up a six-paneled Japanese screen from 1902. Now the winner only gets to keep the other museum’s artwork temporarily. But maybe museums can make a regular practice of doing this, permanently. You know, the director of the Louvre could walk around saying things like, the Mona Lisa is smiling because she knows it’ll be the Broncos by three.

This promises to educate a lot of fans in a whole new value system, and hopefully bring visits to the winning museum to view the spoils.

Denver has wagered one of Frederic Remington’s Bronco Buster statues, and Seattle will put forward Sound of Waves,” a 12-foot-wide drawing of a hawk by Japanese artist Tsuji Kako.

There are no bad sides to bringing new viewers in to see works of beauty and inspiration.

*The picture below is of another work by Kako, not the one being put up for the wager.*

(Picture below courtesy of Ka at Wikimedia commons.)

Tsuji Kako
日本語: 都路華香(1871-1931)『水墨 烏』(『大毎美術』第14巻、第12號、第163號、大毎美術社、図版p.17)