Deaccessioned Artworks

The Indianapolis Museum of Art has embarked on a systematic evaluation of its collection since 2007 to identify candidates for deaccessioning (e.g. sale, transfer, or exchange). All objects proposed for deaccessioning are subject to the criteria and procedures outlined in the IMA's Deaccession Policy. Since 2007, the furniture, antiquities, textiles, American painting, European painting and contemporary collections have been reviewed and assessed. The decorative arts, Asian art and African collections are currently under review with additional works proposed for deaccessioning to be presented for approval at the Collections Committee and Board of Governors meetings in the future.

Deaccession Policy

During this survey of the collection, unaccessioned objects that are found will also be reviewed for possible disposal and/or acquisition. These objects will be advertised in The Indianapolis Star in accordance with the State of Indiana’s legislation governing abandoned cultural property in an effort to find the original owners and/or to gain clear title. After the required waiting period, all abandoned cultural property will either be accessioned or disposed of.

Each work of art identified as a deaccession candidate will be deaccessioned according to the Deaccession Policy in a timely manner. The income generated through the auction of deaccessioned works of art will be reapplied towards the purchase of new works of art in each respective curatorial area.

These efforts will allow the Museum to exchange select objects for others believed by today's curatorial leadership to be better aligned with its mission. Please see below for a searchable list of deaccessioned artwork recently sold, transferred or exchanged, and corresponding sale results when applicable, as well as deaccessioned works awaiting sale, transfer, or exchange and their assigned valuations. We have also begun to link deaccessioned artworks to artworks newly acquired by means of the relevant funds.

Deaccessioned artwork search

Title/ArtistAccession NumberDeaccession DateRecipientsort iconTransfer Notes
Fiesta Day in Taos Pueblo77.31812/18/2008Christie'sSold on 5/20/2010 in the Important American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture sale (Lot 78) - unsold; Offered on 5/20/2009 (Lot 30) - unsold
A Well Earned Drink76.59612/18/2008Christie'sSold on 3/05/2009 in the Fine American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture sale (Lot 85)
The Rabbit Hunt73.104.1112/18/2008Christie'sSold on 5/20/2010 in the Important American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture sale (Lot 77); Offered on 5/20/2009 (Lot 17) - unsold
Hector Chastises Paris for his Cowardice74.66506/18/2008Christie'sSold on 2/9/2009 in the Interiors sale (Lot 49)
Virgin and Sleeping Christ Child24.806/18/2008Christie'sSold on 2/9/2009 in the Interiors sale (Lot 35)
Hector and Andromache74.66606/18/2008Christie'sSold on 2/9/2009 in the Interiors sale (Lot 48)
Crucifixion (Madonna on verso)18.4506/18/2008Christie'sSold on 2/9/2009 in the Interiors sale (Lot 38)
Achilles Brooding74.66306/18/2008Christie'sSold on 2/9/2009 in the Interiors sale (Lot 47)
lidded vase with base66.20A-C05/08/2012Indiana State Museum & Historic SitesTransferred to the Indiana State Museum & Historic Sites
vase66.20B05/08/2012Indiana State Museum & Historic SitesTransferred to the Indiana State Museum & Historic Sites
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