Rothschild to receive the award at gala dinner November 9, 2014
“No one embodies the ideals of the Getty medal more than Lord Rothschild,” Cuno said. “Having led many of the world’s most important arts institutions, revived the public purpose of distinguished historic buildings, and supported the excavation and conservation of an important archaeological site, he is without question the most influential volunteer cultural leader in the English-speaking world.”
Lord Rothschild has served as Chairman of the National Gallery of Art, London, 1985-1991 and 1992- 1998, during which the Gallery was expanded with the addition of the renowned Sainsbury Wing; Chairman of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, 1994-1998; Chairman of the Pritzker Prize for Architecture, 2002-2004; Trustee and Honorary Fellow of the Courtauld Institute of Art; and Trustee of the State Hermitage Museum of St. Petersburg and the Qatar Museums Authority.
Dedicated to the preservation and public interpretation of significant built heritage, Lord Rothschild played a key role in the restoration of Somerset House, the most important 18th- century public building in London, and Spencer House, the refined 18th-century neo-classic London house designed by James Stuart for John, first Earl Spencer, perhaps the finest house ever built in London. He is also responsible for the Family Estate at Waddesdon together with Waddesdon Manor, the property which the Rothschild Foundation leases from the National Trust. It is famous for the family's collections of fine furniture, decorative arts, rare books, and old master paintings. In addition the property has been enlivened by its dynamic exhibition program.
In 2002 he was awarded the Order of Merit by Her Majesty the Queen. Members of the Order are limited in number to 24 and the order is given to those who have rendered exceptionally meritorious service in the field of the arts, learning, literature and science.
Lord Rothschild serves as Chairman of Yad Hanadiv, the Rothschild Family Foundation dedicated to the advancement of education, the environment, academic excellence and civil society in Israel. The Foundation was recently responsible for the building of the Supreme Court in Jerusalem and is currently committed to the creation of the new National Library.
With Lord Sainsbury of Preston of Candover, Lord Rothschild established the Butrint Foundation, supporting excavations and conservation of ancient sites at Butrint, Albania. Lord Rothschild is Chairman of RIT Capital Partners plc and J Rothschild Capital Management.
The J. Paul Getty Medal was established in 2013 by the Trustees of the J. Paul Getty Trust to recognize living individuals from all over the world for their leadership in the fields in which the Getty works. The first recipients were Harold M. Williams and Nancy Englander, who were honored for their leadership in creating the Getty as it exists today, a global leader in art history, conservation and museum practice.
About J. Paul Getty and the J. Paul Getty Trust
J. Paul Getty viewed art as a civilizing influence in society and strongly believed in making art available to the public for education and enjoyment. Acting on this belief, he gave significant pieces to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art starting in 1948. He decided to establish his own museum to provide public access to his personal collection, and opened the J. Paul Getty Museum in 1954. This small museum, established in his ranch house in Malibu (today, Pacific Palisades), housed collections of Greek and Roman antiquities, 18th-century French furniture, and European paintings.
Most of Mr. Getty's personal estate passed to the Trust in 1982 after his death in 1976. The Trustees sought to make a greater contribution to the visual arts by expanding the Museum and its collections, and created a range of new programs to serve the world of art.
During his lifetime and thereafter, Mr. Getty's philanthropy enabled the construction of the Villa in Pacific Palisades and the Getty Center in Brentwood, the expansion of the collections of the Museum, and the creation of the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Research Institute, and the Getty Foundation.
“The Getty Board of Trustees commemorate J. Paul Getty’s significant contributions to the field of the visual arts with this award, to be given annually to individuals who themselves have made a lasting impression,: said Cuno. “Lord Rothschild is a fitting honoree with his lifelong commitment to the preservation of the built environment and the public presentation of the world’s finest art.”
# # #
The J. Paul Getty Trust is an international cultural and philanthropic institution devoted to the visual arts that includes the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Foundation. The J. Paul Getty Trust and Getty programs serve a varied audience from two locations: the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Malibu.