Wednesday, September 5, 2007

A lesson from Virginia

The report in The Cavalier Daily ("Behind the masks: The University must explain the mystery of the Morgantina masks", Tuesday September 4, 2007) concerning the announced returns - or are they? - from the University of Virginia Art Museum in Charlottesville raises some interesting questions.

Although the New York Times has linked the "masks" with the collector Maurice Tempelsman,
"The University Art Museum acknowledges that the masks are on loan from an anonymous donor and that an agreement exists between the museum and the unnamed donor that limits the loan to a period of five years, after which the museum can do with the masks what it sees fit."
Has the time come for museums to refuse to accept loans from donors who require that their identities remain anonymous? This is not the first time I have come across the phenomenon, and I doubt it will be the last.

1 comment:

David Gill said...

See also
"Greek sculptures spark controversy: Sculptures at University's Art Museum receive international attention after allegations of theft arise",
by Laura Hoffman and Thomas Madrecki, Cavalier Daily Senior Writers
http://www.cavalierdaily.com/CVArticle.asp?ID=30602&pid=1605

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