As a part of their 'Keeping It Modern Initiative,' the Getty Foundation have announced $1.3 million in architectural conservation grants. These grants will serve to support outstanding twentieth-century works of architecture.
Established in 2014, the foundation has supported thirty-three projects which have served as models for the conservation of modern architecture in various locations across the globe.
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Nine new projects have been granted for 2016, among them is a project by two Armenian architects. Gevorg Kochar and Mikael Mazmanyan's design of the Sevan Writers' Resort has received attention from the foundation. There are two separate parts to the resort, being built between 1932 and 1965 on two separate occasions. The resort will undergo restoration to preserve it has a heritage of "Soviet modernism."
Director of the Getty Foundation, Deborah Marrow, says that each year they extend their global reach and make it clear that there is architecture in many countries which is deserving of their grant. They are pleased to be able to support their first African project this year, by recognizing the work of two incredible women who pushed the boundaries of modern architecture.
One of the latest projects is Eladio Dieste's Cristo Obrero Church in Atlantida, Uruguay. This building was constructed using reinforced brick. A structure such as this has created "delicately shaped undulating forms." There is not much knowledge of this technique regarding conservation practice. The plan which will be implemented to conserve this building has the potential to assist in the future preservation of other buildings of similar construction materials and techniques.
The J. Paul Getty Trust is an international cultural and philanthropic institution. They are have been devoted to the visual arts for many years, as with institutions such as the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Foundation.
The Getty Foundation fulfills the philanthropic mission of the Getty Trust is to support individuals as well as institutions who are committed to promoting a greater understanding of visual arts, and their preservation in both Los Angeles and the rest of the world.
Their grant initiatives have strategically strengthened art history across the globe and promote its conservation by increasing access to museum and archives. Such initiatives will hopefully assist to develop leaders in visual arts. The grant initiatives are carried out in collaboration with several of the Getty Programs thus making it possible to "individually and collectively" achieve maximum results.