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(Gawker)   Foundations grant Detroit $330M so it doesn't have to sell the art from its museums. In other news, Detroit city council votes to buy itself a new fleet of Maybachs   (gawker.com ) divider line
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2014-01-14 07:08:37 AM  
Excellent news!  We had planned a trip for next month specifically to visit this museum before all the art was sold.  (5 hour drive each way)  We will still go, but without the overriding sense of sadness.
 
2014-01-14 07:39:57 AM  
No more new Maybachs available.

And BMW owns Rolls Royce now.

I'm betting on a fleet of Chrysler 300's.....
 
2014-01-14 07:42:12 AM  

sno man: Excellent news!  We had planned a trip for next month specifically to visit this museum before all the art was sold.  (5 hour drive each way)  We will still go, but without the overriding sense of sadness.


We'll be sure to get up there and look it once. They were going to burn it all once you left, that was a close call.
 
2014-01-14 07:43:37 AM  
From what I ken of the Knight foundation which seems legit enough this is way beyond the orinary. New administrator with prerogs?
 
2014-01-14 07:44:51 AM  
That would be par for the course.  Democrat Ghetto II Electric Boogaloo
 
2014-01-14 07:46:54 AM  
I thought all of the museums were abandoned and converted to hobo libraries.
 
2014-01-14 07:50:27 AM  

jaybeezey: sno man: Excellent news!  We had planned a trip for next month specifically to visit this museum before all the art was sold.  (5 hour drive each way)  We will still go, but without the overriding sense of sadness.

We'll be sure to get up there and look it once. They were going to burn it all once you left, that was a close call.


Most would be sold to private collectors.  Not all of it would be available to be seen.  And all of it would be scattered.
 
2014-01-14 08:10:11 AM  
Good. As long as it transfers over to the state as a part of the deal. That's better than them being hoarded in someones house away from the people eyes. They originally paid for them or they were donated to them with the intent of being seen by many, not a few, or one.
 
2014-01-14 08:13:44 AM  
It would seem to me that the money would be better used to create a foundation to buy the paintings and then lend them back to the museums permanently.
 
2014-01-14 08:20:40 AM  

JasonOfOrillia: It would seem to me that the money would be better used to create a foundation to buy the paintings and then lend them back to the museums permanently.


I would agree but that leaves open the possibility of un-lending them sometime down the road. Putting them in the hands of the state makes that much less of a likely proposition.
 
2014-01-14 08:27:59 AM  

sno man: jaybeezey: sno man: Excellent news!  We had planned a trip for next month specifically to visit this museum before all the art was sold.  (5 hour drive each way)  We will still go, but without the overriding sense of sadness.

We'll be sure to get up there and look it once. They were going to burn it all once you left, that was a close call.

Most would be sold to private collectors.  Not all of it would be available to be seen.  And all of it would be scattered.


No, that was never the plan.  It was only the fraction of the art that was purchased with taxpayer funds.  A few great pieces in there, but nowhere near "most".
 
2014-01-14 08:29:57 AM  
This is utterly disgusting.  I hope they are forced to sell anyway to fund pensions.
 
2014-01-14 08:32:09 AM  
Rich people paying for Democrats screwing up... yet again?    I'm shocked by this news.
 
2014-01-14 08:34:03 AM  

stlbluez: This is utterly disgusting.  I hope they are forced to sell anyway to fund pensions.


The money the foundations are putting in is going to the pensions, that was the point.  The art was to have been sold to do that, and now they have $330M CASH so they wont have to sell.
 
2014-01-14 08:35:35 AM  
I thought  the old Packard plant, which is covered in graffitti, was the museum?
 
2014-01-14 08:40:28 AM  
Did the foundations throw in a Blaupunkt?
 
2014-01-14 08:40:52 AM  
But everybody's like Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on your timepiece.
Jet planes, islands, tigers on a gold leash.
 
KIA
2014-01-14 08:41:05 AM  
Sell them and be done with it.  This only delays the inevitable.

As for those who talk about it being seen - would it be less seen in the Smithsonian or the Met?
 
2014-01-14 08:47:26 AM  

KIA: Sell them and be done with it.  This only delays the inevitable.

As for those who talk about it being seen - would it be less seen in the Smithsonian or the Met?


Assuming they outbid these guys, sure.
 
2014-01-14 08:53:30 AM  
Subby nailed it.
 
2014-01-14 08:59:59 AM  

soakitincider: But everybody's like Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on your timepiece.
Jet planes, islands, tigers on a gold leash.


We don't care, we aren't caught up in your love affair
 
2014-01-14 09:06:00 AM  

KIA: Sell them and be done with it.  This only delays the inevitable.

As for those who talk about it being seen - would it be less seen in the Smithsonian or the Met?


Yeah, because they are the likely high bidders.
 
2014-01-14 09:19:01 AM  

The Muthaship: No more new Maybachs available.


It's a "new fleet", not a "fleet of new", although I wouldn't put it past Detroit to pay showroom prices.
 
2014-01-14 09:29:20 AM  
Maybe they can divert some of those monies to fund defense funds for the new city council.

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140110/METRO01/301100080/1410/M ET RO01/Detroit-IG-will-investigate-Cushingberry-s-actions-during-traffic -stop

The new council member insists he did nothing wrong and was pulled over for "driving while black."
 
x23
2014-01-14 09:29:29 AM  
new Maybachs? good luck with that subby.

"Daimler announced in November 2011 that Maybach will cease to be a brand by 2013 and manufactured the last Maybach vehicle in December 2012."
 
2014-01-14 09:30:02 AM  
Detroit has a museum?
 
2014-01-14 09:38:39 AM  

The Muthaship: No more new Maybachs available.

And BMW owns Rolls Royce now.

I'm betting on a fleet of Chrysler 300's.....


:-)

/the secretaries will get Escalades
 
2014-01-14 09:43:20 AM  

Radioactive Ass: Good. As long as it transfers over to the state as a part of the deal.


Agreed on this. If that doesn't happen, it'll just end up getting sold at a later date no matter how many promises are made.
 
2014-01-14 09:50:58 AM  
I live literally minutes away from the DIA, never been there.  I have been to the Louvre though, so I got that going for me.  Anyone want to go?
 
2014-01-14 10:10:14 AM  
Kresage Court has booze how about a Fark party?
 
2014-01-14 10:31:00 AM  

Radioactive Ass: JasonOfOrillia: It would seem to me that the money would be better used to create a foundation to buy the paintings and then lend them back to the museums permanently.

I would agree but that leaves open the possibility of un-lending them sometime down the road. Putting them in the hands of the state makes that much less of a likely proposition.


The state that was just about to sell them to private collectors?
 
2014-01-14 10:32:57 AM  

softshoes: The new council member insists he did nothing wrong and was pulled over for "driving while black."


If Detroit PD was stopping people for DWB, the traffic in that city would never move.
 
2014-01-14 10:41:27 AM  

demarke: Radioactive Ass: JasonOfOrillia: It would seem to me that the money would be better used to create a foundation to buy the paintings and then lend them back to the museums permanently.

I would agree but that leaves open the possibility of un-lending them sometime down the road. Putting them in the hands of the state makes that much less of a likely proposition.

The state that was just about to sell them to private collectors?


The plan looks like a transfer to the State with a status change to a non-profit which would insulate the DIA and it's collection from any further action in exchange for the cash for the pensions (and there may well be more coming).  And Chapter 9 bankruptcy is in Federal Court.
 
2014-01-14 10:42:16 AM  
Two Conditions to the Foundations purchase:
1. The City of Detroit relinquishes all involvement or ownership in the DIA.
2. The Pensions are considered from this point forward as secured debt and placed at the front of the line for obligation.
 
2014-01-14 11:03:02 AM  
It's amazing to me how overpriced art has become. Just another way for the super rich to measure their proverbial dicks. It's too bad they didn't let Detroit maintain ownership of the art. If I were city manager, I would send those foundations a nice bottle of wine and then turn around and ship the art to the Art Basel fair in Miami where coked-up financiers will gladly be willing to contribute to the middle class individuals that had their pensions stripped away from them.
 
2014-01-14 11:08:12 AM  

The Muthaship: No more new Maybachs available.

And BMW owns Rolls Royce now.

I'm betting on a fleet of Chrysler 300's.....


Escalades
 
2014-01-14 12:04:52 PM  
Well, I hope Detroit takes the money and doesn't blow it on velvet upholstery, Swisher Sweets, and stank hoes.

/I could understand the stank hoes
/I hope Detroit organizes a world-wide or nation-wide tour of some of their best works. That would make a hellacious amount of money for the museums.
 
2014-01-14 05:59:36 PM  
Reporter: Detroit, you just got a huge financial relief, how relieved is your city council?

Detroit city council: Everyday I am hustling.
 
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