Detroit Seeks Help to Save City's Art

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Rivera Court at the Detroit Institute of Arts The Rivera Court at the Detroit Institute of Arts (Courtesy of the Detroit Institute of Arts)

Detroit, a city confronted by the realities of bankruptcy, is now being forced to assess the value of some of its most prized possessions—its art.

The collection at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) sits among the top six in the United States, housing everything from Diego Rivera’s “Detroit Industry” fresco cycle to Vincent van Gogh’s “Self-Portrait.”

But in the face of a debt of at least $18 billion, everything—including the DIA’s art—is on the table to help pay the city's bills.

Christie’s Auction House has been tasked with determining the collection’s worth, unless the city’s charities and its wealthy can raise $500 million to stop the artwork from being sold.

Dr. A. Paul Schaap is a Detroit philanthropist, who, alongside his wife, has pledged $5 million to save the city's art. He joins The Takeaway to discuss what the art is worth to the city and the donor-driven plan to save this piece of the city's culture.


Dr. A. Paul Schaap

Produced by:

Ellen Frankman


T.J. Raphael

Comments [3]

Kathy from Seattle, WA

Thank you for the coverage of Dr. Scott's $5 million dollar contribution to the Detroit Institute of Art. Could this be an example of using the current Tax Code to his advantage?

Dec. 17 2013 05:55 PM
RT from Santa Clara

Naturally Detroit wants to keep safe its cultural patrimony.

What metropolis wouldn't covet a monumental Diego Rivera?

On the other hand, Detroit perpetrated on the American people ... the Buick Riviera.

Where is justice?

Do either Judge Rhodes or manager Orr have the deserved power to pursue, capture, try, convict and punish those designers, executives and anyone else responsible for these abominations, below?

Ford Mustang II
Chevrolet Vega
Ford Pinto
1974 Chrysler Imperial
1975 Chevrolet Camaro
1974 Chrysler Cordoba
Cadillac Cimarron
Any Ford Granada
1972 Oldsmobile Toronado
Any Buick Riviera
1973 Ford Thunderbird
1970 - 20xx Buick, Pontiac, Valiant, Cadillac, Plymouth, Oldsmobile, Dodge, Mercury, Lincoln, Chevrolet, GMC, AMC, Imperial

Dec. 17 2013 04:38 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Take that 5 million dollars and turn Detroit into a large set "for end of the world" movies. A little "Mad Max," mixed in with "Detroit 9000" (a seventies exploitation film).
There will be work for everyone,money for the museum, and some crazy ass movies that will make millions each.

Dec. 17 2013 01:38 PM

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