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THE POINT

Marrying Culture and Commerce in 

Arts Patronage

BY MANU PARK

Illustration by Sarene Chan.

From a historical point of view, arts patronage has undergone a great change since the birth of the museum as an institution. This has brought about revolutionary changes qualitatively different from the changes that arrived with the introduction of the Royal Academy of Arts and the Salon exhibitions. As art became systematically managed and exhibited by public institutions, works are no longer private property but public and national heritage goods. Therefore, with the development of the art-museum system, traditional arts patronage

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