Miguel Angel Corzo, president of the Friends of the Arts of Mexico Foundation and organizer of a current landmark exhibition of Mexican art, has been appointed director of the Getty Conservation Institute. Beginning in January, he will lead an 8-year-old organization that promotes art conservation worldwide through scientific research, training, documentation and field projects.
"GCI plays a vital role in raising worldwide awareness of the need to conserve cultural property and thereby maintain lasting artistic and humanistic values. I look forward to the challenge of continuing to build on the institute's impressive record as an international advocate of conservation," Corzo said in a prepared statement.
Corzo succeeds Luis Monreal, who resigned in March to become coordinator of Cultural Heritage Programs for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in Paris, but the newly created position--which was part of UNESCO Director General Federico Mayor Zaragoza's bold reorganization plan--was never ratified, and Monreal is now director general of social and cultural works at La Caixa, a large savings-and-pension fund in Barcelona, Spain. GCI Associate Directors Frank Preusser and Rona Sebastian served as acting directors while the Getty searched for a new chief.
As head of the Friends of the Arts of Mexico Foundation, Corzo organized "Mexico: Splendors of Thirty Centuries," which is currently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and will appear at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from Oct. 6 to Dec. 29, 1991. The critically acclaimed historical compendium is the most comprehensive exhibition of Mexican art ever presented in the United States.