While Indiana Governor Mike Pence pursues jobs for Indiana on his Economic Development Tour in Germany, First Lady Karen Pence shared art at Indianapolis' sister city, Colonge, Germany.
“Today I was delighted to employ art as a shared language between Indiana and Germany, sculpting bonds that cross cultural divides and connect us with an appreciation for creativity,” said Pence. “The Museum Ludwig has a rich history and an impressive collection of art, reminding me in many ways of the world-class Indianapolis Museum of Art in our own backyard. Hoosier culture will soon be on display at the Museum Ludwig through the gift of LOVE, with German museum patrons enjoying the world-renowned Indiana creation.”
On March 28, the First Lady kicked off the art exchange at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) in Indianapolis (photo) when museum officials presented her with a replica of the LOVE sculpture, an internationally-recognized work of Robert Indiana located on the grounds of the museum.
Today, Mrs. Pence, an art teacher, presented Susanne Laugwitz-Aulback, the city of Cologne’s deputy mayor and commissioner for the arts, and other city leaders with the replica of the LOVE sculpture to showcase at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne.
“LOVE is not only a word that has the possibility to combine people. As Mrs. Pence comes with this sign of friendship from the Indianapolis Museum of Art for our Museum Ludwig,” said Laugwitz-Aulbach. “The original LOVE sculpture is located at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, our twin city! So it is a great honor that Mrs. Pence visited our Museum Ludwig. We are proud that the Ludwig was able to contribute to the current retrospective show of Robert Indiana’s work in our sister-city Indianapolis. Maybe we will find a new fruitful branch between our sister-city relationship through a new link between both our museums.”
(photo provided by the Governor's office)