MORE than half of Britain's leading museum and gallery curators think they should be allowed to sell work in their collections, according to a survey.
The need to raise funds for new acquisitions and the expense of storing works is changing attitudes, Apollo art magazine found.
National museums and galleries are not allowed to sell or dispose of works by statute. The country's other museums, including university collections, follow guidelines that strongly discourage sales.
But 56 per cent of the 50 leading directors and curators consulted think the rules should be relaxed as long as safe- guards remain.
Sales should benefit museums and collections and not raise money for other purposes and curators should be in charge of the decisions, they said.
Michael Hall, Apollo editor, said: "There is an urgent need for new guidelines that respect curators' desires to be able to sell or dispose of works of art, while protecting the integrity of the collections." The Tate was keen to swap works by living artists for better works by the same artist, he said. …