• 2 Mar 2018

The Los Angeles’ J.Paul Getty Museum and the Greek government announced a surprising collaboration. Indeed, the idea is to joint their efforts to preserve thousands of priceless Art objects from seismic violence in the sensitive parts of the world. Here are the details.

This picture represents the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

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Art collections in danger

For the past few years, the debates about global warming that have been growing. In fact, several scientists and experts raise the alarm about the multiplication and intensification of natural disasters around the world. In that context, collections of thousands of museums could be threatened. In order to protect these inestimable treasures, the J.Paul Getty Museum of Los Angeles alongside with the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports and the National Technical University of Athens partnered to put together a program of great significance. Such an action is part of a long lasting collaboration between the Californian museum and the Greek government since 2011. The project is mainly financed by the Getty Trust, the wealthiest philanthropic institution in the world. Such an initiative is unprecedented and emphasizes the impact of sustainable development on the Art world.

This picture by Neosmyrnian represents The National Technical University of Athens.

The National Technical University of Athens © Neosmyrnian

The protective measures to be implemented

The project of collaboration conveys different parts with a single target that is to say the protection of the museum collections. For instance, new isolator mounts should be integrated to mitigate the risk of damage during earthquakes. Indeed, the idea is for the collaborators to focus on the existing isolators in the museums to enhance their efficiency. A prototype will be created at the end of the research phase. The device will be tested on different objects and pedestals of the collections. The goal is also to reduce the costs of such devices. Indeed, as for now, one device costs between 15 000 and 20 000 dollars. As a result, only the most vulnerable pieces can be protected. Even though the Getty Museum has been doing some research for over 30 years, the new collaboration could accelerate it.

What is at stake is historical for Greece

Such a project is of capital importance for Greece. In fact, the collaboration with the Californian institution will give the possibility to protect the colossal cultural and artistic heritage of the country which is also often suffering from seismic threats. As a result, Professor Georgios Spyropoulos, Directorate General of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage and Head of Department of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities and Museums of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Corinth said “”ringing the technology created by the Getty to museums in Greece is critical to protecting our country’s cultural heritage. This exchange of scholars and expertise will expand the world’s understanding of Greek culture and promote the values and spirit of ancient Greek civilization.”

This image by Pexels represents an ancient Greek Temple.

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Sources: J.Paul Getty Museum and Artnet