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
God Creator (2)57.140A-B12/18/2008Presidential Coin & AntiqueSold on 6/13/2009 (Lots 1506 and 1507)
Ad Astra Per Aspera (obverse) The Spirit of the Space Age (Reverse)63.208A12/18/2008Presidential Coin & AntiqueSold on 6/13/2009 (Lot 1528)
Genesis (recto), Web of Destiny (verso)49.4312/18/2008Presidential Coin & AntiqueSold on 6/13/2009 (Lot 1475)
To Pay Homage to Nature66.237B12/18/2008Presidential Coin & AntiqueSold on 6/13/2009 (Lot 1539)
Pony Express52.5412/18/2008Presidential Coin & AntiqueSold on 6/13/2009 (Lot 1485)
Let Him Not Boast who Puts His Armor On (obverse) As He Who Puts it Off, The Battle Done (reverse)62.7A-B12/18/2008Presidential Coin & AntiqueSold on 6/13/2009 (Lots 1522 and 1523)
Ad Astra Per Aspera (obverse) The Spirit of the Space Age (Reverse)63.208B12/18/2008Presidential Coin & AntiqueSold on 6/13/2009 (Lot 1529)
Man Must Sow to Reap50.5112/18/2008Presidential Coin & AntiqueSold on 6/13/2009 (Lot 1478)
Pro Patria41.2812/18/2008Presidential Coin & AntiqueSold on 6/13/2009 (Lot 1446)
Chinese Philosophers and Philosophy (Landscape)74.532B12/18/2008Presidential Coin & AntiqueSold on 6/13/2009 (Lot 1568)
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