Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Tell me again about the public trust (a continuing series)

Lee Rosenbaum reports that this fall "is fast becoming the Season of the Museum Disposals."  The latest to get into the game is the Brooklyn Museum, which is selling off a work by Russian artist Vasily Vereshchagin.  The museum says the work "merits greater study and exposure than it could get here."  (It's kind of a Humane Society!)

It's a good thing that it's not the case that once an object falls under the aegis of a museum, it is held in the public trust, to be accessible to present and future generations -- because, if it were, that would really be a problem for this sort of thing.