Deaccessioning Art without the Donor’s Blessing

14scul650Museum 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.

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1 comment to Deaccessioning Art without the Donor’s Blessing

  • maxinechurch

    I am currently working on a joint project with the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath UK, which has allowed me to go into their vaults to choose a piece of artwork for display. An amazing opportunity I was at first overawed with the amount of fabulous pictures and artworks stored beneath the gallery, but I was soon hit with a huge sadness that noone else could see these hidden treasures. Of course no gallery would be able to show everything they owned at the same time. So I think anything that bring pieces back into viewing is a plus, be that a private home or a gallery, gets my vote!