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Bank of America Maintains Its Art Restoration Commitments Through ‘Art Conservation Project’


Bank of America discloses the list of recipients who received the Art Conservation Project’s grant for this year.

Dailycsr.com – 26 October 2015 – In an announcement the Bank of America revealed its latest “round of projects” that are being carried out under the “ongoing global Art Conservation Project”. The said enlisted projects will focus on restoring and preserving work of arts that have cultural significance and are situated around the world.
The funds that have been released for the projects of 2015 will include 13 such projects situated across seven countries, whereby the recipients’ list goes like this:
  • “Enclosed Field with Ploughman and Houses at Auvers” by Vincent Van Gogh at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
  • Two portraits by Henrietta de Beaulieu Dering Johnston at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Two floral still-lifes by Harriet Beecher Stowe, as well as portraits of her husband and father, at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford, Connecticut.
  • Six paintings by Osman Hamdi Bey at the Sakip Sabanci Museum in Istanbul.
  • Amitābha Buddha sculpture at the British Museum in London.
  • Forty-one murals by Emilio García Cahero, Ramón Alva de la Canal, Jean Charlot, Fernando Leal, José Clemente Orozco, Fermín Revueltas and David Alfaro Siqueiros at the Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso in Mexico City.
  • “Woman in Evening Dress” by Édouard Manet at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art in New York.
  • “The Mellow Pad” by Stuart Davis at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York.
  • Eight sculptures created by notable American Indian artists at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Sixty works on paper by German Expressionists including Max Beckmann, Peter August Böckstiegel, Otto Dix, Conrad Felixmüeller, Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Emil Nolde at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia.
  • Four paintings and a recently discovered fresco at the Museum Oca do Ibirapuera in São Paulo, Brazil.
  • “Jo-no-Mai (Noh Dance Prelude)” by Uemura Shōen at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts Museum in Japan.
  • A medieval stucco panel at that Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar.
However, the website of the Art Conservation Project elaborates further on the details of the projects, made vivid by images. Bank of America’s “Global Arts and Culture executive”, Rena DeSisto said:
“Art has the ability to bring communities together and boost local economies – but it must be seen and shared to have an impact. We understand how important these works are and we’re proud of the impact we’ve had on the maintenance of these cultural treasures that will ensure they are appreciated by future generations.”
The programme of Art conservation “was introduced” in the year of 2010 across Africa, Europe and the Middle East, whereby it spread across Asia, Australia and the Americas in the year of 2012. In the past, the Art Conservation Project has worked on:
“‘The Swimming Pool’ at the Museum of Modern Art in New York; four Tudor paintings at National Portrait Gallery in London, England; three Watanabe Kazan paintings at the Tokyo National Museum; and Rembrandt’s ‘Scholar in His Study’ at the National Gallery in Prague”.
While, the BusinessWire writes:
“The Art Conservation Project is an extension of Bank of America’s global commitment to supporting the arts, which is a demonstration of the company’s commitment to delivering both social and economic value to the community. The company’s support for the arts is diverse, and includes loans of its art collection to museums at no cost, sponsorships, grants to arts organizations for arts education, and the preservation of cultural treasures”.