Legendary architect Le Corbusier had designed three museums in all and two of them are located in India – Sanskar Kendra Museum, Ahmedabad and the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh. Third one is the National Museum of Western Art which is in Tokyo. These three museums are the subject of the workshop series hosted by the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI). The series will discuss the care and keeping of these three museums. The workshop series is part of the GCIs ongoing Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative, which is an international program to advance the conservation of 20th century heritage, specifically modern architecture.
The Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative (CMAI)is a comprehensive, long-term, and international program of the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) started with an aim to advance the practice of conserving twentieth-century heritage, with a focus on modern architecture, through research and investigation, the development of practical conservation solutions, and the creation and distribution of information through training programs and publications.
According to the GCI, the three museums share a number of traits such as an exposed concrete frame, thick concrete pilotis, and surrounding public plazas. The workshops, taking place from February 4û6 in Ahmedabad and on February 8 in Chandigarh, include representatives from all three museums and the Foundation Le Corbusier. The potential paths of improvement for the architectural conservation and collections management for each building are being discussed at these workshops.