Getty leaders' ancient issues

23 Feb 2012 7:22 PM | Anonymous
Getty leaders' ancient issues
By JASON FELCH / Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES -- Over the last five years, the J. Paul Getty Museum has earned a
reputation as a leading reformer on a topic that has embroiled American museums
in scandal for the past decade: the acquisition of looted antiquities.

After evidence of the museum's participation in the illicit trade was uncovered
by Italian and Greek investigators, the Getty agreed to return 49 prized pieces
of ancient art, cultivated collaborative relationships with those countries and
adopted a strict acquisition policy that has been used as a model by museums
across the country.

But when Timothy Potts starts as director of the Getty Museum with Getty Trust
CEO James Cuno as his boss, the institution will be led by two men who opposed
the adoption of some of those reforms.\

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