Re: [Ancientartifacts] Art Auctioneers Swoop on Turkish Museums

---- Dave Welsh <> wrote:


you don't mind if I display a little cynicism re. this article, do ya Dave?

> 'Let's sell redundant samples'


> Thousands of historic artifacts cannot be exhibited and languish unseen due
> to space limitations in Turkey's museums.

It's the same the world over. Museums only display a fraction of their total collections at given moment in time. Maybe you should approach the MMA or the Smithsonian and see if they'll sell off "languishing objects".

"Languish unseen". Hmmmm. In private hands they might "languish unseen" as well. And there'd be no conservators within cooee.

> The Istanbul Archaeology Museum has a total of 1 million works, a large
> number of which cannot be displayed.
> [Other turkish museums that see fit to only display a portion of
> their collections....nothing new here]

> There are 185 museums in Turkey, all of which operate under the
> supervision of the Culture Ministry. But the ministry must distribute a
> small budget amongst a number of different museums that all require funding.
> Museums the ministry cannot afford to properly fund cannot, therefore, take
> the necessary care of the archaeological artifacts they are supposed to
> protect.

[Dave's little sycophants] "Wow Dave, I might get to own a piece of Chatal Huyuk! I can't believe it. You are such a legend."

I don't see any comment from a Turkish museum professional here anywhere. So whose making these statements and I wonder what their agenda might be?

And Lo! And Behold! Look who's got the answer! An Art Auctioneer!

> The question: Is there any solution to this serious problem in Turkey?
> Turgay Artam, owner of the Antik A.S., Turkey's leading art auctioneer, has
> an idea. "State museums own hundreds of samples of a certain type of
> artifact. World museums sell from time to time redundant samples of
> artifacts and buy new unique ones instead, thereby enriching their
> collection," he suggested.

And maybe enriching Mr Artam as well.

I've commented on enough of this, Dave. I rest my case.



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