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Contemporary & Historic Issues in the Art Market – No. 5

Monday 7 December 2020, 18:30-19:30

The next event in this series considers ‘Museums and the Market: Deaccessioning in the Covid-19 and post-Covid world’.

Reports that the Royal Academy was considering selling their famous Michelangelo sculpture, which has been part of their collections since 1830, in order to save 150 jobs under threat as a result of the Covid-19 crisis, raised the issue of how public museums might survive the crisis and have once again foregrounded the relationships between museums and the art market.

This discussion-based seminar, the 5th in the informal occasional research seminars focused on Contemporary & Historic Issues in the Art Market, explores these complex and often contentious issues.

The event is free and all are welcome.

For some short resources and pieces of reportage on the issues please see the Centre for the Study of the Art & Antiques Market (CSAAM) website.

Booking information

The seminar will take place in an open discussion format via Zoom.

For a link to the event, please email Mark Westgarth at

Please note that places are limited and on a first come, first served basis, to ensure that the discussion is manageable.


Michelangelo, Tondo (1504-1505), Collection of the Royal Academy, London. Photograph: The Art Newspaper.