Friday, March 09, 2007

They may not know much about art...

...not even what they did with it:

Amsterdam – More than 2,800 works of art loaned by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science to other ministries and local governments cannot be found.

More than 2,055 items have been lost at ministries, and “several hundred” have gone missing at municipalities and education and healthcare institutions. Education and Culture Minister Ronald Plasterk has written this in a letter to Parliament.

Plasterk has reached a financial settlement with the ministries to compensate for the lost artwork. The settlement involves an amount of almost EUR 3 million.

....The minister has set stricter conditions on loaning artwork and promised to monitor the contracts more closely so as to avoid problems like this in the future.

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