Deaccessioned Art

It is standard professional practice for museums to routinely evaluate their collections to ensure that the highest standards of collecting and display are maintained. From time to time, it is necessary to remove one or more works of art from the museum’s permanent collection in accordance with the standards determined by the Association of Art Museum Directors. This practice is known as deaccessioning.

The Cleveland Museum of Art maintains a cautious approach toward deaccessioning. A work of art may be a candidate for deaccessioning due to lack of relevancy to the museum’s mission, duplication in the collection, poor quality or condition, repatriation, false attribution, or the museum’s inability to adequately care for or store the work of art due particular needs or requirements.

The following list outlines the works of art that have been deaccessioned from the museum’s collection since 1998.

E.g., 07/06/2022
E.g., 07/06/2022
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Title Artist/Origin Former Accessionsort descending Date Created Department Deaccession Date
Head of Drusus Minor (13 B.C. - A.D. 23) Roman, 1st century 2012.29 probably after A.D. 23 and likely before A.D. 37 Greek and Roman Art December 4, 2016
Nightmare in Bodie, California Paul B. Travis (American, 1891-1975) 2013.74 1945 Drawings March 4, 2015
Elephants Paul B. Travis (American, 1891-1975) 2013.75 1960 Drawings March 4, 2015
Congo Village Paul B. Travis (American, 1891-1975) 2013.76 1960 Drawings March 4, 2015