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Should Culturally or Historically Significant Artwork Be Property of the State?
When owned by the state, the art can be put in museums and galleries and can be accessed by the public.
The public are enriched culturally when they have access to this art.
This gives the general public a sense of ownership over the artwork.
Art is better able to be looked after in a museum or gallery where there are curators and experts at hand to preserve it.
Private property can also be put in museums and galleries and accessed by the public.
This would put works that were likely already on display in a public space at risk of being placed in storage if the state does not have the venue to protect and display them.
To be presented in these galleries or museums, the art will have to be relocated from where it was originally, and so those who previously had access to it would have less ease of access to the art.