To remove an artwork from a museum's collection, or the artwork that is removed. Works are typically deaccessioned through sale or exchange in order to acquire other works; rarely to support any other financial needs. During the art market of the 1980s, when prices were driven up by speculators, some museums resorted to the sale of what were considered secondary or redundant pieces in order to raise funds to acquire others. This is a controversial practice, raising questions as to whether such decisions reflect current tastes and will stand the test of time. Criticism is especially harsh against the deaccessioning of donations. (pr. dee´ak-sesh"en) Also see accession, bad-debt art, commodification, gallery, and registrar.

Glossary of Art Terms. 2014.

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  • deaccession — transitive verb Date: 1972 to sell or otherwise dispose of (an item in a collection) < the museum deaccessioned several paintings > • deaccession noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • deaccession — 1) a specimen removed permanently from a museum collection 2) the process of removing a specimen from a museum collection. Material may be deaccessioned if it is found to belong to another institution, is to be donated to another institution, has …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • deaccession — 1. verb To officially remove an object from a museum, art gallery or library so that it may be sold. 2. noun The disposal of objects in this way …   Wiktionary

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  • deaccession — [ˌdi:ək sɛʃ(ə)n] verb officially remove (an item) from a library, museum, or art gallery in order to sell it. noun the disposal of items in this way …   English new terms dictionary

  • deaccession — de·accession …   English syllables

  • deaccession — de•ac•ces•sion or de ac•ces•sion [[t]ˌdi ækˈsɛʃ ən[/t]] v. t. 1) cvb to remove (an object) from the permanent collections of a museum, library, or similar repository, usu. through a sale or trade 2) the act or fact of deaccessioning an object •… …   From formal English to slang

  • deaccession — verb sell (art works) from a collection, especially in order to raise money for the purchase of other art works The museum deaccessioned several important works of this painter • Topics: ↑art, ↑artistic creation, ↑artistic production, ↑commerce,… …   Useful english dictionary

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