America³ and Il Moro di Venezia, the 1992 America's Cup contenders, are once again doing battle—only this time on the front lawn of Boston's Museum of Fine Arts (MFA).
The two yachts, owned by the often controversial winning skipper of the 1992 campaign, Bill Koch, are suspended in action as part of a recent exhibition entitled, Things I Love: The Many Collections of William I. Koch.
Koch’s personal collection of over 100 works, taken primarily from his homes in Osterville, Massachusetts and Palm Beach, Florida, is on display through November 13 and includes everything from Impressionist paintings and Botero sculptures to Native American artifacts and revolvers from the Wild West. But the highlight has to be Koch’s maritime collection.
In addition to the two yachts, the exhibit features a full-scale replica of the America’s Cup trophy, as well as figureheads and same-scale, exact replica models of almost every challenger and defender to sail for the Cup since its inception in 1851. It’s a room certain to make any boat lover or racing enthusiast salivate.
The collection also includes an array of nautical paintings by such famous artists as James Buttersworth, Winslow Homer, and Fitz Henry Lane.
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