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MFA board stands behind director, sharing of works

On behalf of the board of trustees of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, we are responding to Sebastian Smee’s article “Masterpieces on loan leave MFA walls lacking” (Page A1, Nov. 25).

Smee takes issue with 26 paintings on loan. However, he fails to mention the 21,000 works on view at the MFA, which themselves represent only a small percentage of the museum’s global collections. Loans and touring exhibitions enable us to share our works with the world and rotate others in the MFA’s 130 galleries.

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