Madonna sells abstract painting to fund girls' education

LONDON Wed Apr 3, 2013 11:55am EDT

Singer Madonna presents the Vito Russo Award to journalist Anderson Cooper (not seen) during the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York, March 16, 2013. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Singer Madonna presents the Vito Russo Award to journalist Anderson Cooper (not seen) during the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York, March 16, 2013.

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LONDON (Reuters) - Madonna is selling an abstract painting by French artist Fernand Leger worth up to $7 million, saying she wants to trade something valuable for something invaluable - art for education.

The singer said she was selling the painting, "Trois Femmes a la table rouge", to raise funds for girls' education projects in Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries where female education is rare or non-existent.

The move comes as Madonna is in Malawi, southern Africa, home of her two adopted children, where her plans to build 10 schools have sparked controversy over costs and mismanagement and a project for a school for 400 girls collapsed last year.

Madonna, 54, said selling the 1921 painting, that she bought at auction in 1990, combines her passions for art and education by raising funds for the Ray of Light Foundation.

"I cannot accept a world where women or girls are wounded, shot or killed for either going to school or teaching in girls' schools. We don't have time to be complacent," Madonna said in a statement.

"I want to trade something valuable for something invaluable - Educating Girls!"

The painting will be auctioned by Sotheby's in New York during an Impressionist and Modern Art sale on May 7.

Madonna is not the only star seeking to take a role in boosting girls' education in developing countries.

Earlier this week actress Angelina Jolie opened a girls' school in Afghanistan and announced plans to fund more by selling a jewelry line.

Oprah has also been involved with building a school in South Africa although that project ran into trouble with a staff member arrested on charges of assault and abuse of students.

(Reporting by Belinda Goldsmith, editing by Paul Casciato)

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Comments (2)
NYCJ wrote:
An excellent gesture to be sure, but…she could could donate 10 times that amount from her pocket without blinking

Apr 03, 2013 12:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
xnyrre wrote:
See the article just published in the London paper The Telegraph to discover the truth about Madonna’s sincere action in Malawi and the unacceptable behaviour of local politicians vis a vis a huge donator. I hope Reuters will published something on that. Madonna deserves it.

Apr 04, 2013 5:26pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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