Did u know that…
In 1947, the CIA decided to support art and cutting-edge culture as a secret weapon to fight Soviet Union into the cold war. Tom Braden’s office supported jazz musicians, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, some cinema movies and the famous Fodor guides. But above all, the CIA focused on the artistic movement called abstract expressionism, secretly investing a lot of money in its international promotion.
The reason? To show the American cultural vivacity in opposition to the rigidity of Soviet culture. An example? In 1958 the traveling exhibition “The New American Painting”, with works by Pollock, Kooning, Motherwell and others, was on display in Paris. The London Tate Gallery wanted it also but could not afford the cost of shipping, so billionaire Julius Fleischmann paid it with his own money. Afterwards it was discovered that the money was from the CIA, but the artists did not know it.
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