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Metropolitan Museum of Art Signs Agreement with India’s Ministry of Culture

The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Union Ministry of Culture of the Government of India have signed a memorandum of agreement expressing mutual willingness to establish a long-term relationship of cooperation, it was announced today by Thomas P. Campbell, the Metropolitan Museum’s Director and CEO. The agreement was signed on March 19 in New Delhi by Venu Vasudevan, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture, and Mr. Campbell, in the presence of Chandresh Kumari Katoch, Minister of Culture of the Government of India.

Through the agreement, the Ministry of Culture and the Metropolitan Museum will cooperate in the areas of conservation, exhibition, academic research, sharing of information and published resources, public education, promotion, publications, museum management, and short- and long-term loans.

The first major initiative to launch under the auspices of this new agreement is the Indian Conservation Fellowship Pilot Program, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and the Stichtung Restauratie Atelier Limburg (SRAL) in the Netherlands. The program provides a new and important avenue for Indian art conservators to pursue advanced training opportunities in North America and Europe, and to develop broader ties with their colleagues abroad.

The program is supported at the Metropolitan Museum and SRAL by grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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