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Intel donates $6 million to museum

The firm's contribution to the Whitney Museum of American Art will fund a presentation of artwork from 1900 to 2000.

The Whitney Museum of American Art received funding for an upcoming show from an unusual donor: Intel.

At $6 million dollars, the donation to present American artwork from 1900 to 2000 is believed to be one of the largest corporate contributions to display a show, according to a Whitney spokesperson.

In addition to the donation, Intel will provide technical support for the show that will feature computer education tools inside the museum and a Web site tour for outside visitors. The show will run for nine months beginning April 22 in New York and then travel to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and as-yet-unnamed locations in Europe.

The show, dubbed "The American Century: Art and Culture 1900 to 2000," will feature more than 1,400 works of art that include paintings, sculptures, photographs, architecture, and design that will be integrated with music, dance, literature, and film collections.

"As we head toward a world of 1 billion connected visual computers, Intel sees the "American Century" as the perfect exhibition for showcasing how the power of the visual computer and the Internet bring a rich art education experience into homes and classrooms around the world," Intel chairman Andy Grove said in a statement.

The Intel-backed Whitney Museum Web site will offer Net surfers virtual field trips to the museum that will have streaming audio, video, and 3D features.

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