Masterworks hailed as top attraction
The Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art has been named one of the top visitor destinations by an online review site.
TripExpert.com this month awarded the museum and gallery its Experts’ Choice and Best of Bermuda Award, noting positive reviews from more than 70 travel publications including Fodor’s, Frommer’s and Travel + Leisure.
The attraction was also recently featured in a video by Condé Nast Traveler, highlighting it as one of the top ten things to do in Bermuda.
Reacting to the awards, Tom Butterfield, founder and creative director of Masterworks, said: “We want to believe, and we do believe, that the museum is special but sometimes it is the outside observations that make it pretty special.”
The gallery also has another reason to celebrate, as it benefited from a silent auction on board the superyacht Maltese Falcon.
“We had the privilege of having the owner as well as the skipper of Maltese Falcon at the museum this past Monday,” said Mr Butterfield.
“She was so inspired by the collection that by Thursday of that same week they had organised a silent auction to be held on the Maltese Falcon that raised $50,000 for the museum.
“For us it was amazing that this world-famous ship tied in exceedingly well with this world-famous collection.”
And the gallery has added a new work by Bermudian artist Graham Foster to its collection — a specially commissioned piece celebrating the America’s Cup entitled Underway Bermuda 2017.
“A benefactor of the Museum has very kindly had the wisdom and vision to have Graham Foster create this artwork for Masterworks,” said Mr Butterfield.
“This is the third time this benefactor has commissioned a major piece for Masterworks, with previous works being done by British artists of his choosing to enrich the collection.
“Graham is no stranger to Masterworks as we knew him as an emerging artist when we gave him the opportunity for his first one-man show as part of Artists Up Front Street and he was also the winner of the Charman Prize in 2009. The new work was immediately placed in the members’ lounge and library for viewing as the piece weaves in with our 30th birthday narrative.
“We encourage everyone in Bermuda to come and enjoy the piece in this exciting moment for Bermuda during the America’s Cup. The piece is a lasting way for Bermudians to remember this moment in time and the impact the America’s Cup has had on the island.”
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