Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Furor ahoy - The Boston Globe

Furor ahoy - The Boston Globe: "Furor ahoy
MFA exhibit of Koch's collections stirs questions over choices, motives

By Geoff Edgers, Globe Staff | August 30, 2005

Usually, Kristen Almechatt walks past the Museum of Fine Arts on her way to work without stopping. Then the yachts arrived and brought Almechatt, a manager at Brigham and Women's Hospital, to a halt. Transfixed, she stared at two racing sailboats, their masts rising 125 feet in the air -- nearly twice the height of the MFA's roof.

''They're beautiful, but I'm still trying to figure out why they're at the museum,' said Almechatt yesterday outside the MFA.

She's not the only one. The boats, installed this month as part of an exhibit that opens tomorrow of more than 100 objects owned by multimillionaire collector William I. Koch, are the attention-grabbing billboard in MFA director Malcolm Rogers's latest production."

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