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Adrian Ellis

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Museums

Eight ways museums could make the most of the coronavirus crisis

Failure to seize this opportunity to make changes would be a graver error than any breach of etiquette

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Climate Change

Three ways museums can face up to the climate crisis

No issue is more relevant—and relevance is the cultural sector’s current leitmotif

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Museums in the changing world order

Museums in the changing world order: the rise of authoritarian nationalism

In the third part of a new series, Adrian Ellis looks at the cost of state support in illiberal democracies and the insidious erosion of institutional independence

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Museums in the changing world order

Museums in the changing world order: Restitution to Africa reaches tipping point

In the second part of a new series, Adrian Ellis examines the issue of post-colonial restitution

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Museums in the changing world order

Museums in the changing world order: a question of ethics

In the first part of a new series, Adrian Ellis looks at the increased public scrutiny of museum boards in the social media age

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Museums must reassert their values in the face of a divisive and malevolent Trump

The 45th president's values are at odds with those that most museums hold at their core

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Expanded horizons: looking beyond building projects

New buildings grab attention, but they are not always the best way of increasing a museum’s influence and audiences

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Obituaries

'Zaha Hadid leaves a formidable legacy'

Adrian Ellis remembers the late architect he first met during the Cardiff Opera House debacle

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Acquisitions

A look at the ethical and economic problems underlying museum acquisitions

Museums should beware of being used as marketing tools by collectors

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February 2008

Comment: The problem with privately-funded museums

There is a danger that the conservatism of the museum sector will be challenged by a new generation of board members who feel that “rules are for other people”

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February 2007

Comment: why an art market clean-up would be a clear-out

In 2007 the creative industries consultant noted that the “insider” aspect of the contemporary art market and hierarchy of knowledge and status that it creates was a significant part of its attraction

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Restitution

Museum inaction on restitution is undermining public trust

Adrian Ellis, director of AEA Consulting, talks on the threat this poses to the perceived legitimacy of cultural institutions