Philadelphia Museum of Art to trash talk Museum of Fine Arts in Boston

The rivalry between Philadelphia and Boston expanded today on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The PMA’s staff gathered to sing the Eagle’s fight song Tuesday morning and raise the “Go” in the “Go Eagles” sign now on the front of the iconic museum, that more frequently sports names such as “Van Gogh,” or “Picasso.” PMA director Timothy Rub challenged the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to a throw down on Twitter. On Friday, the art institutions will participate in art-inspired trash talk in what Rub has dubbed “Museum Bowl.”

“Today is not simply about the Eagles versus the Patriots. It’s about Philadelphia versus Boston. It’s about cheesesteaks versus clam chowder. Ben Franklin versus Sam Adams. No contest,” Rub said. There’s more for Philadelphia riding on Sunday’s game than the title. “They win, we’re going to loan a work of art to them. If we win, when we win, they’re going to loan a work of art to us.”

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