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Should Culturally or Historically Significant Artwork Be Property of the State?
Defining what is culturally or historically significant allows a government to present a particular historical narrative that works in their favour.
This can be used as a source of political legitimacy as it presents the rule of the government in question as the outcome of history.
If artwork belongs to the state, then the state has the ability to censor, alter, or destroy that art to serve its own political gain.
This makes it difficult for citizens to develop an uninfluenced or unbiased perception of their history.