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Getty Museum's director of preparations retiring after 31 years

September 24, 2010 |  1:30 pm

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Chances are if you've been to the Getty Museum or Villa in the last few decades, you've come across the work of Bruce Metro, the museum's director of preparations, whose job is to oversee the installation and moving of priceless works of art.

The Getty Museum announced this week that Metro will be retiring at the end of September after more than 31 years with the organization.

Metro joined the Getty in 1979 and has been responsible for the realization of more than 400 exhibitions at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa during his career. He also has worked on numerous permanent collection gallery installations and reinstallations.

During his tenure, Metro has played vital roles in the launching of the Getty Center, which opened in 1997, as well as the renovation of the Getty Villa in Malibu, which reopened in 2005.

[Updated: 6:39 p.m.]: The Getty said Friday that Metro's successor will be Kevin Marshall, who has worked at the museum since 1995.

-- David Ng

Photo: The Getty Center. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

[Updated: a previous version of this post stated that Metro's title is director of preparation. His title is director of preparations.]

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