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posted by alias A.Davey on Tuesday 14th of November 2017 07:26:35 PM

While Bill Gates is out to eradicate malaria, the other Microsoft billionaire, Paul Allen, is spending his fortune on the grown-up equivalent of comic books and candy bars. To that end, he's accumulated a huge yacht (of course), a Manhattan old-money co-op, scads of expensive oil paintings, the Portland Trail Blazers (and a big private Boeing jetliner to fly them around in), the Seattle Sea Hawks, and the Experience Music Project, seen here. Except that the museum, which used to be known as Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame (EMP|SFM) and, later, the EMP Museum, is now called the Museum of Pop Culture, or MoPOP. Well, I hope it's getting Paul Allen a lot of dates with bodacious babes. In what sounds like an understatement, Wikipedia says: "The museum has had mixed financial success. In an effort to raise more funds, museum organizers used Allen's extensive art collection to create a 2006 exhibit within the confines of the MoPOP. " "The exhibit was entitled DoubleTake: From Monet to Lichtenstein. The exhibit included Roy Lichtenstein's The Kiss (1962), Pierre-Auguste Renoir's The Reader (1877), Vincent van Gogh's Orchard with Peach Trees in Blossom (1888), Pablo Picasso's Four Bathers (1921) and several works of art from Claude Monet including one of the Water Lilies paintings (1919) and The Mula Palace (1908)." "Since then the museum has organized numerous exhibitions focused more specifically on popular culture: Sound and Vision: Artists Tell Their Stories, which opened February 28, 2007, for example, brought together both music and science fiction in a single exhibit, and drew on the museum's extensive collection of oral history recordings. The museum's recent exhibitions have ranged from horror cinema, video games, and black leather jackets to fantasy film and literature." Now, doesn't that sound like fun? Naturally, Mr, Allen had to hire Frank Gehry to create a building for the ages to house his Star Wars memorabilia. Wikipedia says: "The architecture was greeted by Seattle residents with a mixture of acclaim for Gehry and derision for this particular edifice. 'Frank Gehry,' remarked British-born, Seattle-based writer Jonathan Raban, 'has created some wonderful buildings, like the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, but his Seattle effort, the Experience Music Project, is not one of them.' New York Times architecture critic Herbert Muschamp described it as 'something that crawled out of the sea, rolled over, and died.' " Trust me when I say this is the building's best side. Seattle, Washington

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