Deaccessioned Artworks

The Dallas Museum of Art affirms its obligation to maintain high standards for its collection, the foundation of all other programs at the Museum. In order to refine and improve this collection, it is necessary to review it periodically and evaluate its appropriateness or importance. Thus the Museum may choose to dispose of works that do not enhance or broaden the Museum's holdings. The Museum will continue to maintain and improve its collections of strength and will only under unusual circumstances dispose of works in these areas. Moreover, it will continue to encourage gifts of individual objects or collections of quality.

The Dallas Museum of Art recognizes the dangers involved in substituting current taste for the taste of past generations or removing works on the basis of any individual's personal taste or whim. The disposal of objects should, therefore, be infrequent and carefully considered. To be considered for deaccessioning, a work of art must have been in the collection for at least three years. The Museum will normally seek the highest compensation for any object disposed of and will consult outside experts in whatever areas it deems appropriate. It will never, by any method, dispose of objects directly to staff, trustees, or members of the Committee on Collections. In addition, it is the Museum's intent with objects valued over $5,000 to purchase other works in the same curatorial area. Proceeds from deaccessioned objects will go toward the purchase of other works of art in the name of the original donor whenever practical. All permanent Museum records will clearly indicate the source(s) of funds for each object.

The DMA will pursue transparency regarding deaccessioned objects by posting all relevant information on the Museum website.

Learn more about the criteria for deaccessioning artworks.

Additional information available upon request.

 Pair of shields with head of Acheloos
Etruscan
6th century B.C.
Bronze
135.2012.5-6
Deaccession date: Nov 29, 2012

Deaccession criteria:
Restitution/Returned to rightful owner

 Volute krater
South Italy; Apulia, Greek
4th century B.C.
Underworld Painter (Greek, active Apulia, 330-c. 310 B.C.)
Ceramic
135.2012.4
Deaccession date: Nov 29, 2012

Deaccession criteria:
Restitution/Returned to rightful owner

 Head from an antefix
Italy: Etruscan
c. 500 B.C.
Terracotta
135.2012.1
Deaccession date: Nov 29, 2012

Deaccession criteria:
Restitution/Returned to rightful owner

 Red-figure krater
Greece: Apulia
c. 340-330 B.C.
Metope Group
Ceramic, pigment
135.2012.2
Deaccession date: Nov 29, 2012

Deaccession criteria:
Restitution/Returned to rightful owner

Calyx krater
South Italy (Campania), Greek
late 4th century B.C.
Ceramic with black slip
135.2012.3
Deaccession date: Nov 29, 2012

Deaccession criteria:
Restitution/Returned to rightful owner

 Orpheus Taming Wild Animals
Eastern Roman Empire, near Edessa
A.D. 194
Marble, mosaic
DEACC.1999.305
Deaccession date: Nov 29, 2012

Deaccession criteria:
Restitution/Returned to rightful owner