Art Dirt: Should Museums Deaccession Their Collections?

by Glasstire April 11, 2021
The Met visible storage at The Henry R. Luce Center for the Study of American Art

Visible storage in The Henry R. Luce Center for the Study of American Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Image: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Christina Rees and Brandon Zech on the ongoing debate about museums deaccessioning objects from their permanent collections.

“If MoMA could build a new building because they knew someone who would buy Picasso’s ‘Les Demoiselles d’Avignon’ for $600 million… would they sell it then?”

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