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Issue No. 18 - Humanity

Art Out: J. Paul Getty Luncheon

Art Out: J. Paul Getty Luncheon

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By Scarlett Davis

This week, Musée Magazine was thankful to attend a luncheon hosted by the J. Paul Getty Museum to divulge some of the museum’s upcoming events. The museum has undergone some exciting upgrades and renovations to its antiquities collection at the Getty Villa, which is set to debut, April 18th, 2018.  New objects will be on display for the first time with the presentation of a new gallery display on the first floor entitled, “The Classical World in Context,” which provides a comprehensive understanding of classical Greek and Roman art with the influence of ancient civilizations such as: Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Phoenicia. The exhibit in the series Palmyra: Loss and Remembrance, offers the earliest photographic record of this ancient site, situated in present day Syria.  The photographs were taken in 1864 by Louis Vignes.

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During the museum’s recent restoration, 3,000 square feet of gallery space was repurposed to include objects that have been taken out of storage, some never before seen by the public with highlights to include first-century AD frescoes and two large sky-lit galleries devoted to Roman sculptures.  There will also be the installment of another major exhibit at the J. Paul Getty Museum , Beyond the Nile: Egypt and The Classical World, advertised as the “First major U.S. exhibition to examine the artistic and cultural connections between Egypt, Greece, and Rome from the Bronze Age to late antiquity,” which will be on view from March 27th, 2018 through September 9th, 2018. 

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A contemporary art exhibit will also be showcased in relation to the ancient art with a show entitled, “Plato in LA: Contemporary Artists’ Vision,” which features work that is in dialogue with Plato and his teachings.  Jeff Koon’s Play-Doh (1994-2014), a sculpture of the children’s colorful modeling clay and polychrome aluminum, is a notable highlight.

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