Monday, August 5, 2013

Breaking: Confirmed, Christie's Hired to Appraise DIA Collection for Potential Sell-Off

Confirmed today. Kevyn Orr had contracted Christie's to appraise the DIA's collection.

Here's the Detroit Institute of Art's statement:
The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) has learned that Christie’s, at the request of the Emergency Manager, plans to proceed with a valuation of the DIA collection, and we will be cooperating completely in that process. However, we continue to believe there is no reason to value the collection as the Attorney General has made clear that the art is held in charitable trust and cannot be sold as part of a bankruptcy proceeding. We applaud the EM's focus on rebuilding the City, but would point out that he undercuts that core goal by jeopardizing Detroit's most important cultural institution.

In addition, recent moves in Oakland and Macomb counties to invalidate the tri-county millage if art is sold virtually ensure that any forced sale of art would precipitate the rapid demise of the DIA. Removing $23 million in annual operating funds – nearly 75% of the museum’s operating budget – and violating the trust of donors and supporters would cripple the museum, putting an additional financial burden on our already struggling city. The DIA has long been doing business without City of Detroit operating support; any move that compromises its financial stability will endanger the museum and further challenge the City’s future.
For some reason I would not read much into this. This may be a well-planned move to try to get the Obama administration involved (read: federal bailout).

Let's see what the Deaccessioning Police has to say.


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