Press Release from the American Institute for Conservation
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works applauds
The Monuments Men movie, whose cast depict some of those who served in the Monuments, Fine Arts,
and Archives program under the Civil Affairs and Military Government Sections of the Allied armies
during World War II. This group of approximately 350 men and women protected and preserved millions
of pieces of artwork, sculpture, and other cultural artifacts in Europe that had been stolen by the Nazis.
Public awareness of the heroic accomplishments of the Monuments Men is being raised by The
Monuments Men movie, based on the book of the same title by Robert Edsel and being released in
February. What few know today is that men and women continue in the footsteps of the Monument
Men—protecting art for future generations.
The American Institute for Conservation (AIC) honors the Monuments Men, in addition to the profession
that grew in the wake of their work. George Stout, depicted by George Clooney in the movie, was one of
AIC’s founding members and a proponent of the creation of formal conservation training programs.
Conservators today are highly skilled professionals, many of whom are willing and able to respond to
human conflicts or natural disasters that threaten cultural property anywhere in the world. AIC members
are experts in treating damaged art and educating owners and stewards of art in preservation practices.
AIC’s Foundation manages a specially-trained group of experts in emergency preparedness and response
(AIC-CERT), teams that respond at no cost to calls for assistance from collecting institutions and others
in need following a disaster.
Be sure to see The Monuments Men movie, but also keep in mind the heroic work being undertaken today
by a variety of experts dedicated to protecting and preserving our cultural legacy.
More information about the Monuments Men can be found at;