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Getty Announces $100M "Ancient Worlds Now"

The Getty Trust has announced Ancient Worlds Now, a $100 million initiative to preserve threatened antiquities worldwide. The project is intended to increase public awareness of how war, indifference, and climate change endanger cultural heritage. The money will support conservation, professional education, exhibitions, and print and digital publications.

The $100 million price tag rivals any Getty outlay aside from those associated with its buildings. The museum probably spent a similar amount for a 2017 group purchase of blue-chip European drawings. Ancient Worlds Now is to be a decade-long project, running summer 2020 through 2030. That would average about $10 million a year. It won't likely break the bank: In comparison the Getty Conservation Institute spent $37 million in 2017, the most recent year for which figures are available. Getty Foundation grants were $27 million in 2017.

Associated with the initiative are several upcoming Getty museum shows. Already announced exhib…

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