Thursday, May 18, 2017

Cincinnati Art Museum receives record gift of nearly $12 million

By Janelle Gelfand
- A Royal Couple and Women of the Court Play Holi, circa 1760, Mughal period, Mughal/India, opaque watercolor, gold and silver on paper, Cincinnati Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Bimel, Jr., 1986.1174
CINCINNATI---The Cincinnati Art Museum has received the largest single monetary gift in its history. Longtime supporters Carl and Alice Bimel left a bequest of $11.75 million to the museum to establish the Alice Bimel Endowment for Asian Art. During their lifetimes, the couple traveled extensively and collected South Asian art of all periods, and extended their interest to include Iran and Afghanistan. With the works that they have given to the museum, their total donation amounts to more than $14 million. [link]