The deaccession of a significant artwork is a complex decision, but after taking all considerations into account, the board of the Hans Rasmus Astrup Foundation concluded that a one-time sale would benefit the museum’s future substantially, with the strategic aim of securing it in the long-term.
Bjørn Rønneberg, Chairman of the Astrup Fearnley Museet, said: ‘While it is undoubtedly difficult to part with such an important work, this sale will support the Astrup Fearnley Museet and secure a long, sustainable future for the institution as it enters a new chapter. In particular, it will provide significant funding to further support and diversify our collection through future acquisitions.’
Astrup comments, ‘The Astrup Fearnley Museet is meant to be a lasting resource for the public, as it builds on the existing collection and grows beyond it. With this single sale we can ensure that the museum and collection are here for perpetuity, on a stronger footing than ever.’
Executive Director and Chief Curator Solveig Øvstebø who joined the museum end of May comments: ‘It is of course very sad to lose the opportunity to exhibit this important work in the museum. But I also recognize that this decision will help to ensure an ambitious exhibition programme and further strengthen the collection. Like many museums today, Astrup Fearnley Museet recognises the profound need to diversify the collection. We’re currently in the process of establishing a new strategy for the collection, and we also want to make new acquisitions public to an even greater extent than before.’