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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