Philippe de Montebello, Director Emeritus of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, visits Georgia (September 27)

Philippe de Montebello, Director Emeritus of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, visits Georgia (September 27)

The U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, along with The Institute of Art History and Theory at Tbilisi State University, and The Georgian National Museum and State Museum of Folks and Applied Arts of Georgia, are proud to announce the visit of Philippe de Montebello, Director Emeritus of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. He served as a director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art for 31 years, the longest tenure of any director.

From September 29 – October 13,

Montebello will give a public lecture on the history of the museum, and also conduct workshops for museum staff and students of museum studies programs in Tbilisi and Mestia.

  • Public Lecture, September 30th: “The Birth and Evolution of the Art Museum”.

Time: Saturday, September 30, 4:00pm

Location: Georgian National Museum Auditorium- enter from Purtseladze street (next to Rustaveli Cinema)

Learn about the history of museums from the legendary director of the world’s most renowned museum. Mr. Montebello will talk about the origins of collecting in the ancient world, continuing on to the church treasury, and then the birth of the ‘modern’ museum in the age of Enlightenment. His talk will conclude with a look at contemporary museum development in the 19th and 20thcenturies. This event is free and open to the public.

Download Mr. Montebello’s bio here

For more information, please contact tbilisicultural@state.gov