Former Walters Art Museum Director Gary Vikan Pens Memoir

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Former Walters Art Museum Director Gary Vikan is returning to the topic of running a museum — in book form.

Vikan, who retired in 2013, is set to release a new memoir about two decades as an art museum director, with Sacred and Stolen: Confessions of a Museum Director. While it may sound like the stuff of marbled halls and warnings not to get too close, there’s plenty of intrigue.

“It lays bare the messy part of museums: looted antiquities, crooked dealers, deluded collectors, duplicitous public officials, fakes, inside thefts, bribery, and failed exhibitions,” the description states.

Vikan will discuss the book on Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. at the Walters, with a reading and talk moderated by Tom Hall. A reception and book signing follow.

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