The Getty Center
Date: Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Past Event

Vishnu-Vasudeva-Nārāyana / Cambodia, Angkor period
In 2005 the Getty Foundation provided a grant to support a survey of Khmer bronzes at the National Museum of Cambodia, which also enabled a collaboration with the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. The most at-risk works were given conservation treatment, and the National Museum was able to open a new conservation laboratory and develop a long-term strategic plan for the conservation of its metal collection, which includes the largest and most important collection of Khmer bronzes in the world. Many of the works on view in the exhibition Gods of Angkor: Bronzes from the National Museum of Cambodia were treated as part of this international cooperation.

In this public program, Hab Touch, Director General, Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts in Cambodia and the former director of the National Museum of Cambodia, and Paul Jett, head of the Department of Conservation and Scientific Research, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, speak about their collaboration and the conservation of bronzes from the collection of the National Museum.

Following their presentations, Sean Charette of the Getty Conservation Institute leads a conversation about the National Museum's role in preserving the cultural heritage of Cambodia. Before joining the Getty, Charette worked in Cambodia on behalf of the Smithsonian Institution to help the National Museum establish a metal conservation laboratory and develop a conservation program.

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