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Open (Abre), Augusto de Campos and Julio Plaza, 1969. From Augusto de Campos and Julio Plaza, Poemobiles (São Paulo, 1974). The Getty Research Institute, 92-B21581. Courtesy Augusto de Campos. Courtesy Anabela Plaza

New This Month

  Linguaviagem, 1967, Augusto de Campos. Getty Research Institute, 2016-B266. Courtesy Augusto de Campos

Concrete Poetry: Words and Sounds in Graphic Space

March 28–July 30, 2017 | The Getty Center
This exhibition addresses the visual, verbal, and sonic experiments of the international concrete poetry movement during its early decades of the 1950s through '70s. Drawn principally from the Getty Research Institute's collection of prints, artists' books, journals, and manuscripts, Concrete Poetry features works by foundational figures Augusto de Campos and Ian Hamilton Finlay and by their contemporaries, including Henri Chopin, Ernst Jandl, and Mary Ellen Solt. It also explores how Augusto and Finlay invented new forms such as cube poems and standing poems and continuously re-created their projects across media.

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  Top: Berlin Philharmonic by architect Hans Scharoun. Bottom: Walt Disney Concert Hall by architect Frank Gehry. Photo courtesy of Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Gift and purchase; Carol M. Highsmith; 2011

Berlin and Los Angeles: Space for Music

April 25–July 30, 2017 | The Getty Center
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the sister-city partnership between West Berlin and Los Angeles, this exhibition explores two iconic buildings: the Berlin Philharmonic (1963), designed by Hans Scharoun, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall (2003), designed by Frank Gehry. Each architect’s design process is conveyed through original drawings, sketches, prints, photographs, and models. Together, they exemplify how these buildings fostered a strong resonance between architecture and city.

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Continuing This Month

  Earrings with Nike Pendants, about 225–175 B.C. Gold with glass. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Gift of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman

Remembering Antiquity: The Ancient World through Medieval Eyes

Through May 28, 2017 | The Getty Center
In a rare juxtaposition of antiquities from the Getty Villa and manuscripts from the Museum’s collection, this exhibition explores medieval responses to the ancient world. Medieval scribes translated and preserved classical texts, while artists adapted and embellished images of ancient rulers and mythical heroes for inclusion in Christian manuscripts. Although the "rediscovery" of Greek and Roman culture is often associated with the Renaissance, antiquity was never forgotten.

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  Christ Nailed to the Cross, about 1481, Gerard David. Oil on panel. The National Gallery, London. Layard Bequest, 1916. Image © National Gallery, London

Gerard David: An Early Netherlandish Altarpiece Reassembled

Through June 18, 2017 | The Getty Center
This exhibition reunites three parts of a remarkable altarpiece by Gerard David for the first time in almost a century: two dramatic wings (Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten Antwerp), which have been studied and conserved at the Getty Museum, and David's striking central panel, Christ Nailed to the Cross (London, National Gallery). The display confirms that together the paintings form one of the artist's earliest triptychs and presents findings from the project.

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  Casemate SK667, 2006, Jane and Louise Wilson. Face-mounted chromogenic print. The J. Paul Getty Museum. Gift of Sir Mark Fehrs Haukohl through the generosity of Jane and Louise Wilson. © Jane and Louise Wilson 2006.

In Focus: Jane and Louise Wilson's Sealander

Through July 2, 2017 | The Getty Center
Twin sisters Jane and Louise Wilson reframe and reinterpret locations associated with recent European history through photography and other media. Their 2006 series Sealander features abandoned bunkers erected by Hitler along the European Atlantic coast during World War II; the series title refers to this transitional space between sea and land.

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Online Exhibition

  Temple of Baalshamin, Louis Vignes, 1864. Albumen print. 8.8 x 11.4 in. (22.5 x 29 cm). The Getty Research Institute, 2015.R.15

The Legacy of Ancient Palmyra

View the ancient caravan city of Palmyra as it was illustrated in the 18th century by the architect Louis-François Cassas and photographed for the first time by Louis Vignes in 1864 in this online exhibition. Stretching some three kilometers across the Tadmurean desert, the ruins of Palmyra stand as bearers of meaning marking their place in history. In the 21st century, war in Syria has irrevocably changed its landscape, and this exhibition pays tribute to its legacy.

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Closing This Month

Bouchardon: Royal Artist of the Enlightenment
Through April 2, 2017 | The Getty Center

The Sculptural Line
Through April 16, 2017 | The Getty Center

Breaking News: Turning the Lens on Mass Media
Through April 30, 2017 | The Getty Center


  Troubadour Theater Company

Roman Holidays

Saturdays and Sundays, April 1–September 3
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa
You won't need a passport to travel back in time at the Roman Holidays celebration this spring and summer. Discover the sights (and smells!) of ancient Rome, offer your prayers to Aphrodite, read your future in a sheep’s liver, and enjoy live musical and comedy performances by the historically hysterical Troubador Theater Company. Free; advance Villa entry ticket required.

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  Jane Kaczmarek

Selected Shorts
April Antics: Fictions & Foolery

Saturday, April 1, 4:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 2, 4:00 p.m | The Getty Center
The popular radio show and podcast returns with some of the nation's best stage and screen actors performing everything from light farce to biting satire, as well as some rich, reflective tales of everyday human folly. Jane Kaczmarek hosts the series and leads an all-star cast including René Auberjonois, Yvette Nicole Brown, Tony Hale, Michael Imperioli, Justin Kirk, Joe Mande, Christina Pickles, Liev Schreiber, and Kirsten Vangsness. Tickets $20.

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Sounds of L.A.
Entre Mujeres: Women Making Music Across Borders

Saturday, April 8, 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 9, 4:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Founded by musicians Martha Gonzales and Laura Marina Rebolloso, this collaborative project features original compositions by musicians from Los Angeles and Veracruz. Featuring some of the city's finest singers, Entre Mujeres cleverly blends traditional sounds of fandango with influences such as rock, jazz, blues, hip-hop, and African and Odissi rhythms. Presented in collaboration with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Free; advance ticket required.

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  Four Larks. Photo: Vikk Shayen

Villa Theater Lab: Homeric Hymns

Friday, April 21, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 22, 3:00 and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 23, 3:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa
The Homeric Hymns are a collection of songs from the seventh and sixth centuries BC, reflecting the earliest stories about the Greek gods. Award-winning Four Larks returns to the Getty Villa with a chorus of actors, musicians, and dancers to perform original compositions from these ancient verses. Tickets $7.

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  Dr. Irving Finkel. Image © Dale Cherry

The Ark before Noah

Saturday, April 1, 2:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa
British Museum curator Irving Finkel tells a real-life detective story that began with the arrival in 2008 of a palm-sized Babylonian cuneiform tablet. Dating from about 1850 BC, this clay document proved to be a copy of the Babylonian Story of the Flood, a myth from ancient Mesopotamia containing instructions for building a boat. Finkel shares his research and additional discoveries that provide unanticipated revelations about the ark before Noah. Free; advance ticket required.

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  The Royal Game of Ur, 2600 BC, south Mesopotamia (present day Iraq). Dark grey stone gaming counter with five inlaid white spots; circular. © Trustees of the British Museum

Adventures with the Royal Game of Ur

Sunday, April 2, 2:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa
This extraordinary board game, played for 3,000 years over half the ancient world with unceasing enjoyment, has bewitched Irving Finkel of the British Museum since boyhood. Due to his extensive research of an ancient cuneiform tablet containing original rules, we can see why the game endured. In this illustrated talk, Dr. Finkel describes some of the remarkable discoveries and heart-thumping adventures of a lifetime's fascination.

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  Paper Pear (detail), 1966, Ian Hamilton Finlay. From 6 Small Pears for Eugen Gomringer (Edinburgh, 1966). Getty Research Institute, 92-B547. By courtesy of the Estate of Ian Hamilton Finlay

"Paper Pear Paper": Charting the Course of Concrete Poetry

Thursday, April 6, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
This panel discussion addresses both the common ground and the differences between the poetic art of Ian Hamilton Finlay and the work of the Brazilian concrete poets who called themselves Noigandres. To demonstrate this trajectory, which includes Henri Chopin (French) and Ernst Jandl (Austrian), the panel will present live readings of selected concrete poems. Free; advance ticket required.

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  Casemate H667, 2006, Jane and Louise Wilson. Face-mounted chromogenic print. Courtesy of Gregory Keever. © Jane and Louise Wilson 2006

Artist Presentation: Jane and Louise Wilson

Thursday, April 20, 7:00 p.m.
Working collaboratively, twin sisters Jane and Louise Wilson create powerful, compelling photographs, videos, and installations that explore the intersection of troubling historical events, architectural spaces, and the natural environment. Their series Sealander is currently featured in the exhibition In Focus: Jane and Louise Wilson's Sealander. Free; advance ticket required.

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Highlights at a Glance—April 2017

New This Month

Concrete Poetry: Words and Sounds in Graphic Space (Mar. 28–July 30)
Berlin and Los Angeles: Space for Music (Apr. 25–July 30, 2017)

Continuing This Month

Fashionable Likeness: Pastel Portraits in 18th-Century Britain (Through May 7)
Remembering Antiquity: The Ancient World through Medieval Eyes (Through May 28)
Gerard David: An Early Netherlandish Altarpiece Reassembled (Through June 18)
In Focus: Jane and Louise Wilson's Sealander (Through July 2)

Online Exhibition

The Legacy of Ancient Palmyra

Closing This Month

Bouchardon: Royal Artist of the Enlightenment (Through Apr. 2)
The Sculptural Line (Through Apr. 16)
Breaking News: Turning the Lens on Mass Media (Through Apr. 30)

Hot Tickets

Performance: Selected Shorts (Apr. 1 & 2)
Talk: "Paper Pear Paper" (Apr. 6)
Performance: Sounds of L.A. (Apr. 8 & 9)
Talk: Jane and Louise Wilson (Apr. 20)

Hot Tickets

Talk: The Ark before Noah (Apr. 1)
Talk: Royal Game of Ur (Apr. 2)
Performance: Villa Theater Lab (Apr. 21–23)
Talk: The Villa Council Presents: The Quality of Mercy in Imperial Rome, Imperial America, and Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito (Apr. 30)


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