Otto Wittmann [1974]

The-Monuments-Men-changed-history-2In these precarious and unsettled times in which we all live, there is a great hunger for a sense of lasting significance. We live among objects designed to be bought, used and thrown away without ever acquiring any sense of identity or relationship to ourselves . . . The very nature of art and of the museums which preserve and present works of art reassures people of the continuity of human vision and thought and of the importance of their place in the vast stream of significant developments over centuries of time. This is why art must belong to all. It is not a mere commodity to be traded, hoarded and hidden in the vaults of some vast warehouse.–Art Values in a Changing Society

Source: https://archive.org/details/artvaluesinchang00tole

Also essential reading by Otto Wittmann: https://archive.org/details/museumincreation00witt

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