Per Knutas of the Cincinnati Art Museum is named Chief Conservator of the Cleveland Museum of Art
Posted April 20, 2012 in Articles
Author: Steven Litt
Per Knutas, the chief conservator at the Cincinnati Art Museum, made a splash, figuratively speaking, by restoring an 1890 landscape by Vincent van Gogh recently in the museum’s galleries.
Visitors could watch his every move magnified on a live video display as he worked.
The Cleveland Museum of Art will be the next place where Knutas hopes to make the art and science of conservation more visible.
The museum announced Friday that it has hired Knutas, a native of Malmo, Sweden, with 19 years experience and a track record in the U.S. and Cleveland, as its new chief conservator.
He’ll head a 12-person department and help the museum gear up for the reinstallation of Asian masterpieces in its new West Wing, scheduled for completion in late 2013.