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Cleveland Museum of Art and the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts of the Kingdom of Cambodia Announce Signing a Memorandum of Understanding for Cultural Cooperation

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia and Cleveland, Ohio (May 12, 2015) – The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts of the Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia and The Cleveland Museum of Art announced today that the National Museum and the Cleveland Museum of Art have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding concerning cultural cooperation between the two museums. As contemplated in the Memorandum, the two museums will pursue cooperative activities, including sharing best practices, joint projects, studies and technical assistance. In addition, the National Museum will provide consultations and guidance to the Cleveland Museum of Art with respect to loans from Cambodia of works of art for exhibition in Cleveland. The two museums will be working together over the coming months to identify specific projects and loans.

The Minister of Culture and Fine Arts, commented, “The Memorandum of Understanding between the National Museum and the Cleveland Museum of Art is our first with an American museum providing for reciprocal collaboration and technical assistance. We look forward to many years of working with our friends in Cleveland and to increasing knowledge outside Cambodia about the wonders of our culture.” Kong Vireak, Director of the National Museum, added “I look forward to working with our American colleagues to identify specific projects, many of which we have already discussed, that I know will be of benefit to our museum and to visitors to Cleveland.”

Dr. William M. Griswold, Director of the Cleveland Museum of Art, noted that “We are very happy to provide assistance to the National Museum and to be working with our Cambodian colleagues from whom we are learning more and more about the art and culture of Cambodia. We are very excited about the possibilities for increasing the American public’s awareness of and appreciation for Khmer art through loans to our museum.”  

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