The Director of the Getty Conservation Institute Miguel Angel Corzo visited Czechoslovakia on 24-28 June 1991. He was accompanied by his advisor, the Director of the Education Programmes of the GCI Ms Marta de la Torre, the Deputy Director of Research Programmes of the GCI Dušan C. Stulik and the leading restorer of paintings at the J. Paul Getty Museum Andrea Rothe. The representatives of the GCI visited the National Gallery and its Atelier of Restoration, the National Library, the Academy of Fine Arts and the Laboratory of the Chemistry of Restoration of Works of Art of the University of Chemical Technology. At the end of their visit they were received by the Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic and by Architect Masák, advisor to the President of the Republic. During their visit they were shown the work of restoration proceeding on the cycle of panel paintings by Master Theodoric at Karlštejn Castle and other important works of restoration. They discussed a number of questions concerning restoration with members of the Association of Restorers, which had helped draw up the programme of their visit. M. A. Corzo, M. de la Torre and D. Stulik gave lectures at the Academy on the subject of the Future of Protecting the Cultural Heritage and Restoration, New Methods in Restoring Paintings and New Analytical Methods in Restoration. The lecture given by the Director of the GCI, Mr Miguel Angel Corzo was published (in Czech translation by M. Nečásková) in Number 24 of the journal Atelier, issued by the Union of Artists (28 Nov. 1991, p.4).

We here quote the conclusion of this lecture which, though referring to the protection and maintenance of works of art as a final aim, clearly appeals also to that aspect we have become accustomed to calling historical art technology. For that sphere is an essential pre-stage to restoration measures and is directed towards the sphere of interpretation, human awareness of values:

„Possibly the profession needs to adopt, like the environmental movement, public advocacy, and strive to create the kind of emotional response to conservation of cultural property that conservation of nature presently engenders. Given the lengthy and specialized training of conservators, it may not represent the best use of human resources for conservators to de vote too much time to advocacy. The moment, perhaps, has arrived for the development of conservation advocacy specialists, individuals who understand and concentrate on the formulation of public policy. »Ultimately, the future of conservation will be shaped by the nature and degree of outside interest in conservation efforts. The scientific work of conservation needs a political environment in which it can best be applied.« The support expressed to the Archives' intentions by the GCI is certain to turn into regular co-operation, in particular with the establishment of an international editorial board for TECHNOLOGIA ARTIS 3.