Whilst there is no specific numerical limit, curators will be aware of the numerical matrix and will only accept loans of artworks that are significant, central to an artist’s oeuvre and relevant to the BURU focus. Loans will only be accepted following the inclusion of an agreed museum ‘break clause’. This allows the possibility of return to lender or translating into a gift to be sold for the benefit of the institution should, at some point in the future, Ben Uri have the opportunity to acquire a better example. A completely new innovation to encourage high quality loans for the Collection is based on the premise that when the artwork is not required for exhibition, either at Ben Uri or requested on loan to another institution, it returns to the secure wall of the owner. This allows continued owner enjoyment rather than lose a prized possession to the darkness of a museum store until the next exhibition occasion which is often years rather than months.
gifts and bequests
Work/s of merit offered to be included in the Collection have to add intellectual or artistic value, but may not be judged as pre-eminent and not candidates to enter the ring-fence. In these circumstances a clause has to be explained, agreed and included in the property transfer contract that the work may at some future point be substituted and either disposed of for the benefit of the institution, with the donor credit being transferred, or gifted to another institution where the work will enjoy more productive public engagement. This allows flexi- bility to continuously improve and upgrade the quality of the Collection without regenerating a body of work over-shadowed by new acquisitions, which end up serving little or no public benefit in long-term storage.