Berkshire Museum: Art on the Block


The Berkshire Museum recently announced a $60 million plan for its future, largely supported by the sale of those works from its permanent collection, including a $40 million boost for its endowment and a $20 million renovation.

Museum officials have said it expects to fetch at least $50 million from the auction, which will be handled by Sotheby's. 

Local reaction to the announcement, as well as from the larger arts community, has been varied. 

Massachusetts Cultural Council urges Berkshire Museum to stop art sale

The Massachusetts Cultural Council is urging leaders of the Berkshire Museum to halt a planned sale of artworks, calling the move improper and unnecessary.

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With new trustees, Berkshire Museum looks to improve, expand

"We are embarking on a strategic master planning process to determine how best to fulfill our mission and serve the Berkshire community," then board President Bill Hines said in 2015.


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