J. Paul Getty Life and Legacy

September 27, 2016–September 28, 2020, Getty Center

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J. Paul Getty Life and Legacy

September 27, 2016—Ongoing, GETTY CENTER

J. Paul Getty in 1964, in the Great Hall of Sutton Place, England. Research Library, The Getty Research Institute. Photo by Yousuf Karsh, © The Estate of Yousuf Karsh

This permanent installation tells the story of J. Paul Getty, the businessman and art collector who used the bulk of his wealth to create the arts institution that bears his name. Considered the world’s richest man in the 1950s and 60s, Getty made his fortune in the oil business. Upon his death in 1976 he bequeathed his estate to his small namesake museum, along with a remarkably broad directive. Accordingly, the J. Paul Getty Trust was created, the world’s largest cultural and philanthropic organization dedicated to the visual arts. The installation includes objects that Getty collected personally, and a digital interactive experience that visitors can use to learn about his life, business dealings, and establishment of the Trust and the Museum.


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Hear about some of the works of art that Mr. Getty collected, with anecdotes from those who worked with him.

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