Thomas Kren, the J. Paul Getty Museum’s associate director for collections, is retiring after 35 years with the museum, the Getty announced today. He joined the Getty in 1980, first as an associate curator of paintings, then senior curator of manuscripts, a position he held until he was promoted in 2010 to associate director.
“The department of manuscripts that Thom created more than 30 years ago is widely recognized as one of the most important collections in the United States,” Timothy Potts, the Getty’s director, said in a statement, “thanks both to the high quality of acquisitions he secured for the Museum and to the highly ambitious exhibitions and publications he oversaw.”
Richard Rand, a curator at the Clark Art Institute, will take over as associate director. Kren will be brought back as a guest curator for a show about “the nude in Renaissance art” in 2018.