Following the first comprehensive evaluation of its nearly 500,000 object collection since its founding in 1965, the Israel Museum announced that it will de-accession a group of 39 works as part of a carefully focused plan to refine and strengthen its holdings. Proceeds from the sales, which will be conducted by Sotheby’s this coming November through February in New York and London, will benefit the acquisition funds of the Museum’s Modern Art Department. The collection review and complete collection re-installation that followed it were central elements of the Museum’s campus renewal project, completed in July 2010, which included the creation of new galleries, orientation facilities, and public spaces.
“Last summer, the Israel Museum celebrated the completion of its comprehensive three-year campus renewal program, including the redesign and reinstallation of all of its collection galleries for Archeology, Jewish Art and Life, and the Fine Arts. As a part of this process, the Museum conducted an extensive evaluation of its holdings, which have grown dramatically since the Museum’s founding in 1965 thanks to the generosity of donors and friends worldwide,” said James S. Snyder, Anne and Jerome Fisher Director of the Israel Museum. “In an effort to refine and strengthen these holdings, the Museum is now implementing a carefully focused de-accessioning plan to generate funds for the targeted acquisition of works that will amplify focal points in the collection and fill gaps where they exist.”