It is standard professional practice for museums to routinely evaluate their collections to ensure that the highest standards of collecting and display are maintained. From time to time, it is necessary to remove one or more works of art from the museum’s permanent collection in accordance with the standards determined by the Association of Art Museum Directors. This practice is known as deaccessioning.
The Cleveland Museum of Art maintains a cautious approach toward deaccessioning. A work of art may be a candidate for deaccessioning due to lack of relevancy to the museum’s mission, duplication in the collection, poor quality or condition, repatriation, false attribution, or the museum’s inability to adequately care for or store the work of art due particular needs or requirements.
The following list outlines the works of art that have been deaccessioned from the museum’s collection since 1998.
|Title||Artist/Origin||Former Accession||Date Created||Department||Deaccession Date|
|Head of Buddha||West India, Chalnkya, 7th-9th Century||1944.60||7th - 9th century||Indian and Southeast Asian Art||September 5, 2016|
|Seated Buddha||Pakistan, Gandhara, Kushan Period (1st century-320)||1961.418||c. AD 200–250||Indian and Southeast Asian Art||September 5, 2016|
|Music||Thomas Wilmer Dewing (American, 1851-1938)||1940.372||c. 1895-1900||American Painting and Sculpture||March 4, 2015|
|Nightmare in Bodie, California||Paul B. Travis (American, 1891-1975)||2013.74||1945||Drawings||March 4, 2015|
|Hanuman||Cambodia, Koh Ker, 10th century||1982.46||921-945||Indian and Southeast Asian Art||March 4, 2015|
|Elephants||Paul B. Travis (American, 1891-1975)||2013.75||1960||Drawings||March 4, 2015|
|Congo Village||Paul B. Travis (American, 1891-1975)||2013.76||1960||Drawings||March 4, 2015|
|Woman Seated at Table||Thomas Wilmer Dewing (American, 1851-1938)||1969.21||late 1800s-early 1900s||American Painting and Sculpture||March 4, 2015|
|Coverlet||America, Pennsylvania, Centre County, Union Furnace, 19th century||2001.246||1837||Textiles||February 19, 2015|
|Pair of Salt Dishes||France, Moustiers, 18th century||1962.369||c. 1775||Decorative Art and Design||July 10, 2014|
|Women Reaching for the Moon||Rufino Tamayo (Mexican, 1899-1991)||1947.69||1946||Modern European Painting and Sculpture||September 2, 2013|
|La Rosa||Roberto Matta (Chilean, 1911-2002)||1960.286||1943||Modern European Painting and Sculpture||September 2, 2013|
|Wheat Field||Claude Monet (French, 1840-1926)||1947.197||1881||Modern European Painting and Sculpture||September 3, 2012|
|Enthroned Madonna (Sedes Sapientiae)||Northern Europe, late 12th century||1970.56||late 1100s||Medieval Art||September 3, 2012|
|Octagonal-Top Table||Italy, Tuscany, 16th century||1939.181||early 1500s||Decorative Art and Design||June 3, 2012|
|Circular-Top Table||Italy, Florence, late 16th century||1939.183||late 1500s||Decorative Art and Design||June 3, 2012|
|Credenza||Italy, Bologna, early 17th century||1939.184||early 1600s||Decorative Art and Design||June 3, 2012|
|Chest||England, 17th century||1915.681||1674||Decorative Art and Design||September 5, 2011|
|Table||Portugal, 18th century||1950.367||1700s||Decorative Art and Design||September 5, 2011|
|Credenza||England, 19th century||1972.359||c. 1870||Decorative Art and Design||September 5, 2011|