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Istanbul University Responds to Deaccession Controversy with Press Release

The latest news coming out of Istanbul in the story of the impending museum deaccession auction is that the focal point of the controversy, Istanbul Bilgi University, has issued a press release and agreed to a meeting with activists. The university administers the recently closed Santralistanbul Museum of Contemporary Art, and two weeks ago, the news broke that the school was planning to sell off a good chunk of the museum’s collection — some 150 artworks that were purchased by the institution. A group of activists started a petition in response and has been working hard to protest and publicize the issue.