Recent Deaccessions

The Memorial Art Gallery, like most museums, reevaluates its permanent collection periodically to ensure its holdings maintain a level of quality and usefulness. To maintain these standards, MAG occasionally deaccessions works of art, a procedure that permanently removes a piece from the collection. Deaccessioning is done for reasons of fidelity to the museum’s mission; redundancy; or condition. Ideally, deaccessioned works of art are transferred to another cultural institution or sold at public auction. The income from deaccessioning is used to purchase other works of art, and the original donor’s name is retained on the credit line of the new purchase where possible. These procedures are governed by the deaccessioning policy of the American Association of Museum Directors.

Deaccessions 2012-2017