The American Friends of the Musée d’Orsay association has launched a most original campaign to finance the maintenance of artwork in the Parisian museum.
A total of 41 statues are gathering dust in the main nave of the Musée d’Orsay and on the two adjacent terraces. Since the museum was reopened in 1986, the passing years have left their mark on Rodin’s Thought, Paul Dubois’ Narcissus, and other white marble works of art.
In an effort to “finance the maintenance and restoration” of the artworks, the non-profit American Friends of the Musée d’Orsay association is offering the public a chance to adopt a sculpture. Patrons can expect to pay 1,000 dollars for Auguste Clésinger’s Woman Bitten by a Snake, and five thousand dollars for François Pompon’s Polar Bear.
The association is aiming to raise 100,000 dollars, and is counting on patrons to give generously!