New Orleans Museum of Art Celebrates First Century with Exhibition from Its Collection

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NEW ORLEANS, LA.- When the New Orleans Museum of Art opened its doors 100 years ago thanks to a $150,000 donation offered by a local businessman to build a “temple of art for rich and poor alike,” it owned only 11 pictures and a small collection of other objects. Now, thanks to the donations of others over the years, NOMA has more than 35,000 pieces in its permanent collection — ranging from Degas, Picasso, Chagall and other big-name artists, to dramatic African and Asian art, antique glass and a sculpture garden featuring works by 20th century greats such as Henry Moore and Louise Bourgeois. “They have a really amazing collection for which they don’t get enough recognition,” said Arnold Lehman, director of the Brooklyn Museum. “Other than Texas, which has those amazing museums, it has the most important collections in the whole six or seven states in the southern area.” The present collections, valued at over $500 million,