Anthony Kennedy Shriver Purchases and Donates $40,000 Romero Britto Portrait to Fondation Beyeler

Sep 06, 2006, 01:00 ET from Best Buddies International

    BASEL, Switzerland, Sept. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- During a recent trip to
 Fondation Beyeler in Basel, Switzerland, Anthony Kennedy Shriver purchased
 an original Romero Britto acrylic on canvas, and then donated the work to
 Beyeler's permanent collection. Shriver acquired "Beyeler - For the Love of
 Art," a 20 inch by 18 inch portrait of world-renowned art collector and
 dealer Ernst Beyeler, for $40,000 USD.
     "Ernst Beyeler is an amazing man with a great vision and commitment to
 bringing the arts to all people, and Romero Britto is an exceptional artist
 and a loyal friend to Best Buddies. I admire the contributions they both
 have made to the world through art, and I wanted to show my appreciation,"
 says Shriver, founder and chairman of Best Buddies International, a
 nonprofit serving people with intellectual disabilities.
     Britto, who has extensively contributed to charities in the Miami
 community and abroad, has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars in art
 to support Best Buddies, in addition to designing the jerseys for the
 organization's Hyannis Port and Hearst Castle cycling events.
     About Best Buddies International
     Founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Best Buddies is the largest
 nonprofit devoted solely to providing opportunities for one-to-one
 friendships and integrated employment to people with intellectual
 disabilities. To learn more, visit
     About Fondation Beyeler
     Over a period of fifty years, Hildy and Ernst Beyeler built up an
 exceptional collection of works by modern masters. Currently comprising
 around 200 works, the Beyeler Collection documents a very personal view of
 modern art and an unerring ability to recognize quality. The opening of the
 Fondation Beyeler in October 1997 provided the Beyeler Collection with a
 public museum. Works by modern masters such as Cezanne, Picasso, Rousseau,
 Mondrian, Klee, Ernst, Matisse, Newman, Bacon, Dubuffet and Baselitz are
 displayed alongside, and in direct interaction with, 25 objects from
 Africa, Alaska and Oceania.
     About Romero Britto
     Romero Britto is slowly but surely revolutionizing the art world,
 expanding the boundaries of how art should be expressed, viewed, the forms
 in which it can be bought and enjoyed and tearing down the walls between
 artists, gallery owners, curators, museums and the hoi polloi. His openness
 as an artist is setting the stage for future evolution in the often closed
 world of high art. Learn more at

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