Metropolitan Museum Signs Agreement with India

NEW YORK: 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.

The agreement was signed on March 19th in New Delhi by Venu Vasudevan, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture, and Thomas P. Campbell, the Metropolitan Museum’s Director and CEO, in the presence of Chandresh Kumari Katoch, Minister of Culture of the Government of India, and announced here today.

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 Metropolitan Museum of Art located in Manhattan is one of the world’s largest museums, with collections spanning more than 5,000 years of world culture, from prehistory to the present and from every part of the globe.

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.