Are donations "cost free"?

Jin, Yin Cheng (2012) Are donations "cost free"?. International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, 4 3: 27-33.

Author Jin, Yin Cheng
Title Are donations "cost free"?
Journal name International Journal of the Inclusive Museum   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1835-2014
Publication date 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 4
Issue 3
Start page 27
End page 33
Total pages 7
Place of publication Champaign, IL, United States
Publisher Common Ground Publishing
Language eng
Subject 1209 Museology
1206 Conservation
Formatted abstract
It seems that some museums in Australia are struggling to deal with non-western items which they view as 'exotic' and 'new' from a cultural and artistic perspective. The acquisition of such items is fraught with issues related to their authentication and interpretation. The administrative consciousness of museums, which entails aspects of cultural inclusion and professional capacity, is important in determining whether a museum can deliver on its promise. The institutional reluctance to entertain doubts about administrative practice has a strong political and isolationist element. It seems as if the museums sometimes choose to insulate themselves from public scrutiny. Consequently, institutions are at risk of alienating the public's faith in their practices and the public records show the institutional weakness in argument when responding to critics. Is there an institutional sense of superiority, in which institutions consider themselves to be the gold standard of art collecting and administrating? Are concerns regarding the conduct and quality of public collections socially justified? Are donations costs free? My paper will argue that the motivation for collecting non-western items should be cultural, and not political or fnancial, particularly when it comes to managing donations. Furthermore, I propose that museums should beneft from, and treasure comments from the public, including art critics and those in the evaluation profession within a culturally inclusive framework.
Keyword Interpretation
Interpretation of donation
Market value and instituional asset
Public collection and private collection
Taxation incentive and institutional
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Originally presented at "The Second International Conference on the Inclusive Museum, St. Lucia, QLD, Australia, 8-11 July, 2009".

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