In October the bilingual publication Recollecting and Reallocation/ Herzamelen en Herbestemmen was published. QKunst director Véronique Baar wrote an essay on deaccessioning corporate art collections, explaining how this process is different from deaccessioning museum collections. In this essay, Véronique introduces two tools that were developed by QKunst and that have become essential in our work: the value chart and the LAB.
The value chart offers – as the names says it – an insight in a collection’s values. This includes artistic and financial value, but also historical and social value, as well as representational and relationship value. The value chart shows the accents of a collection and can be used to decide on the best deaccessioning-route. LAB stands for ‘Leidraad Afstoten uit Bedrijfscollecties’ (Guideline for Deaccessioning of Corporate Collections) and is grafted on the LAMO, the ‘Leidraad Afstoting Museale Objecten’ (Dutch Guideline for Deaccessioning of Museum Objects).
The publication Recollecting and Reallocation is the second in the museum series Work In Progress in which experts get a chance to critically discuss a certain theme and explore different angles. Through various essays, the publication sheds a light on the valuing of collections and the ethical side of deaccessioning, several cases are discussed and a number of stakeholders share their thoughts on the matter.
Recollecting and Reallocation was published by the Research Center for Material Culture (RCMC), the flagship institute of the Tropenmuseum (Amsterdam), Museum Volkenkunde (Leiden), the Afrika Museum (Berg en Dal) and the Wereldmuseum (Rotterdam). It has been printed in 2.500 copies and is also digitally available on the website of the RCMC and aforementioned museums.
Publication Recollection and Reallocation