$80M in art donated – Hallmark founder’s fund makes gift

The foundation created by the founder of Hallmark Cards Inc. has given 84 works of art, mainly sculptures, to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas, City, Mo., the New York Times reports.

The gift, valued at more than $80 million, includes 52 pieces by Henry Moore, as well as works by Isamu Noguchi, Claes Oldenburg, Alexander Calder, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Mark di Suvero and George Segal, among others.

The gift was not unexpected, the Times says. In 1989, the museum opened a 17-acre sculpture park – then and now the largest of any U.S. museum.

At the time, the Hall Family Foundation – whose assets are from the estates of Joyce C. Hall and his wife, Elizabeth – began buying sculptures for the park and placing them on loan at the museum.

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