June 25, 1989
Luis Monreal was packing for Bolivia when we caught him at the Getty Conservation Institute, where he presides over a quiet campaign intended to change the way the world looks after its cultural heritage. He was going to check a major archeological site. "Since the Renaissance, people have only been interested in restoring rather than preserving works of art," he told us. "We must do more preventive work. It is more effective and it is cheaper. As in medicine." So it is that a substantial commitment has been made by the J. Paul Getty Trust to create the Conservation Institute, under the direction of Monreal, and to undertake, for the first time on such a scale, a systematic research and development program dedicated exclusively to art conservation.
June 11, 1989 |
Far fewer generations will see the world's ancient monuments than have seen them already. Fewer still will see them if nations don't soon decide which to save and which to let die. Changing temperatures and humidities, indoor and outdoor air pollution, artificial light, traffic, bacteria and other ills are causing monuments and antiquities everywhere to fall apart. "The decisions are going to be difficult, but if governments and officials don't act, there'll be very little left," said Luis Monreal, an international conservation specialist.
March 13, 1990 |
Monreal Moves to UNESCO: Luis Monreal has resigned as director of the Getty Conservation Institute to become coordinator of Cultural Heritage Programs for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Monreal, 47, who turned the Getty into a major force in worldwide conservation during his five-year tenure, will be in charge of programs related to archeological sites, monuments and museum collections, effective May 1.
September 9, 1986 |
The J. Paul Getty Trust announced plans Monday for a massive yearlong study and restoration of a 3,200-year-old Egyptian tomb. The project, a joint operation of the Egyptian Antiquities Organization and the Getty Conservation Institute, will include a joint scientific study and conservation treatment of the badly deteriorated wall paintings in the tomb of Nefertari, a queen of Ramses II, in upper Egypt. The tomb is in the Valley of the Queens in West Thebes.
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January 20, 1985 |
The J. Paul Getty Trust has named Luis Monreal director of the new Getty Conservation Institute, The Times has learned. Harold Williams, president of the trust, confirmed the news late Friday, after unofficial reports of Monreal's appointment. Monreal, currently secretary general of the International Council of Museums in Paris, will head an institute that is expected to become the world's leading center in the scientific preservation and restoration of artworks.
November 22, 1990 |
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.