Museum deaccessions are always a tricky subject. Obviously, museums have finite space to show and store art. Tough decisions have to be made. However, donors of artworks that a museum would like to deaccession are usually informed before the sale. What you don’t want to happen is to tick people off who have given you money and artwork in the past.
Read about the repurcussions when the Metropolitan Museum of Art recently tried to deaccession a work by Eduardo Chillida and sell it at a Sotheby’s auction.
Image: Eduardo Chillida, Silent Music II. Tasende Gallery/Metropolitan Museum of Art.