Cleveland Museum of Art receives $10M gift

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Museum of Art has received a gift of $10 million from an anonymous donor.

The museum says the generous gift will help it build on its mission and core principles.

Two endowments have been established as a result of the gift, according to the museum. One endowment will support community engagement activities and the other interpretation of the collection.

The final component of the gift helped make possible the December 2013 acquisition of the Catherine Glynn Benkaim and Ralph Benkaim Collection of Deccan and Mughal Paintings. The private collection consists of 95 works from India's major Islamic courts.

"This incredibly generous gift really touches upon the fundamental initiatives of the Cleveland Museum of Art," said Fred Bidwell, the Cleveland Museum of Art's interim director. "The establishment of the two endowments and the Benkaim Collection acquisition reflect the museum's mission and help to leverage this vision to optimally benefit its diverse communities. Adhering to the highest standards of excellence in scholarship, artistic excellence and community engagement, the museum can contribute to and enhance the quality of life of Northeast Ohio citizens and beyond."


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