Western media: the epidemic has caused museums in the United States to sell their collections for survival

According to a report entitled “when museums give up their collections for survival” published on the website of Le Monde on October 24, the epidemic has caused the government to be heavily in debt, and museums have not been spared. Some private art galleries have even adopted a legal but puzzling approach: disposing of collections to ensure survival. Excerpts of the full text are as follows: < / P > < p > on October 15, the Brooklyn Museum in New York, USA, auctioned 12 collections at Christie’s auction house, including paintings by old Lucas kranah, kamiye Koro and Gustav Courbet. < / P > < p > the Brooklyn Museum auction is not to buy new collections, but to survive the impact of the epidemic. Income from tourists has fallen, funding from art patrons has been minimized, and the cost of maintaining buildings and collections has soared debt. < / P > < p > the American Association of museum directors of the art has agreed to allow art galleries to use the sale of collections as a source of revenue under supervision by 2022, not to improve funding, but to protect the museum’s survival. < / P > < p > the Brooklyn Museum is the first museum to adopt this financing scheme, which is valid for only two years in principle. But what happens if the economy shows signs of recovery later than expected? How can we maintain the strategy of selling for survival? How to achieve this in the auction market, a market with increasingly saturated supply and shrinking demand? The fate of some collections will be debated. Many of these works will eventually fall into private hands, contrary to the original intention of museums and art preservation agencies as collective heritage. “This issue will not directly affect us Spanish public institutions,” explains Miguel fallomir, curator of the Prado Museum in Spain. But it will still be a sensitive tool. I think these centers could have saved a lot of money without having to give up their collections. In the long run, the proceeds from sales do not bring much savings. The consequences of these expedients are irreparable. ” “It’s incredible that some of the world’s economic powers, such as museums in the United States and the United Kingdom, have to take these measures to ensure their survival,” he said. In my opinion, in some specific cases, it is necessary to hold managers and administrators accountable for these issues. Not everything can be dealt with by us, especially in an emergency when it is possible to make a really dangerous decision. ”