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February 2007

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Music, Theater, Spoken Word—A New Year of Performances

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Enjoy world-class concerts, plays, and readings at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa as our popular performance series heat up in 2007.

Celebrate the Romantic 19th century with a Gordon Getty Concert featuring the Artis Quartet and immerse yourself in the Persian fusions of the Liän Ensemble as Sounds of L.A. continues.

Explore fictions from the American landscape at this year's Selected Shorts and thrill to the ethereal harmonies of the Watson Twins in February's Friday Nights at the Getty.

Plus, catch the next installment of our Villa Theater Lab, a Brazilian take on Euripides' The Bacchae, and revel in Baroque music on period instruments as Concerts at the Villa presents the Aulos Ensemble and soprano Julianne Baird.

See all performances coming up in February.

The Watson Twins and Robert Sean Leonard
New music, new voices—the Watson Twins take the stage on February 2, Robert Sean Leonard reads in Selected Shorts on February 10

N E W   I N  T H E   G A L L E R I E S

Old Master Loans and A Dazzling New Acquisition
The Getty Center

Loans and new acquisitions at the J. Paul Getty Museum

Suprises await in the Getty Museum's galleries this winter. A brilliant portrait by Hans Holbein the Younger—never before seen in the United States—takes center stage in a new installation of German Renaissance paintings in the North Pavilion. Also look for the fantastically carved 17th-century Ivory Goblet that has just joined the collection. And in the South Pavilion, don't miss two newly conserved panoramas of Venice's Grand Canal by Canaletto on special loan from the Dresden State Art Collections.

See the Holbein January 22 through April 22, the Canalettos through April 29, and Ivory Goblet through the fall.

Left: Portrait of Robert Cheseman, Hans Holbein the Younger, 1533. Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, The Hague
Center: Ivory Goblet (detail), Balthasar Griessmann, about 1680
Right: Venice: At the Mouth of the Grand Canal, Canaletto, 1722–1723. Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden


Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity
January 11–April 23
The Getty Villa

Current Exhibitions

Future Exhibitions

Bowl with Blue and White Canes
Bowl with Blue and White Canes, Greek or Roman, 100–1 B.C.

This stunning installation, which was first on view during the Getty Villa's opening months, returns.

Refined in form and glowing with intense color and vibrant pattern, Greek and Roman glassware is one of the great achievements of ancient art.

Admission to the Getty Villa is FREE. An advance, timed ticket is required for each individual. Each Villa ticket allows you to bring up to three children ages 15 and under with you in one car. Check ticket availability by calling (310) 440-7300 or visiting our Web site.

Learn more about this exhibition.

Also on View at the Getty Villa

Stories in Stone: Conserving Mosaics of Roman Africa; Masterpieces from the National Museums of Tunisia (through April 30)

French Manuscript Illumination of the Middle Ages
January 23–April 15
The Getty Center

Discover seven hundred years of French books in this exhibition of exquisite manuscripts made for kings, monasteries, universities, and the earliest book-buying public. These opulently decorated bibles, prayer books, chronicles, and collections of poetry tell of philosophy and intrigue, romance and salvation.

Learn more about this exhibition.

The French King at Court / French
The French King at Court (detail), French, about 1460–1470
Also on View at the Getty Center

Closing This Month
Public Faces/Private Spaces: Recent Acquisitions (through February 4)
Where We Live: Photographs of America from the Berman Collection (through February 25)
Holy Image, Hallowed Ground: Icons from Sinai (through March 4)

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Casting Nature: François-Thomas Germain's Machine d'Argent (through March 25)
From Caspar David Friedrich to Gerhard Richter: German Paintings from Dresden (through April 29)
A Renaissance Cabinet Rediscovered (through August 5)
Opening This Month
Made for Manufacture: Drawings for Sculpture and the Decorative Arts (February 6–May 20)
Sigmar Polke: Photographs, 1968–1972 (February 20–May 20)


Lost in Seconds: Protecting the Getty Museum's Antiquities Collection from Earthquakes (lecture)
February 8, 8:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa

Information, Tickets, and Reservations:
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Installation of Greek sculpture at the Getty Villa
A preparator installs an ancient Greek sculpture group on a specially designed seismic isolator

More than two dozen earthquakes have hit Malibu over the last century. What will happen to the treasures at the Getty Villa when "the Big One" strikes? Hear Jerry Podany, head of antiquities conservation at the J. Paul Getty Museum, discuss the innovative devices he and his team have developed to protect the collection from shakes, rattles, and rolls.

Free; a ticket is required.

Learn more and get tickets.

Rembrandt's Paper Trail (lecture)
February 21, 3:00 p.m.
The Getty Center

"Shakespeare's laundry bills" is the mocking term sometimes applied to archival research in the arts. Yet fascinating art historical nuggets can be dug up in the archives, says Rembrandt expert Gary Schwartz. Join Schwartz for a look at the rich field of archival research in the third annual lecture of the Project for the Study of Collecting and Provenance.

Free; reservations required. Call (310) 440-7300 or make reservations online.

Plus, learn more about the history of collecting at the Project's annual forum on February 8, focusing on early encyclopedias and anthologies.

St. Bartholomew / Rembrandt
St. Bartholomew (detail), Rembrandt van Rijn, 1661
Sticks, Bones, and Feathers: Conservation in Sacred and Controversial Situations (Conservation Matters lecture)
February 22, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center
Nancy Odegaard
Nancy Odegaard (second from left) works with scientists and with members of the Hopi tribe on a pottery conservation project

Whether piecing together Hopi potsherds or X-raying million-year-old bones, today's conservators must be more culturally sensitive than ever before. Learn why from conservator and anthropologist Nancy Odegaard and hear about her fascinating work on the Kennewick Man, Lucy's bones, and Native American pottery.

Free; reservations required.

Learn more and make reservations.

F O R  F A M I L I E S

Family Festival
February 24, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
The Getty Center

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Explore Egypt, Byzantium, and the eastern Mediterranean in a day of music, storytelling, and art-making for all ages. Discover the music of the Sinai Bedouins, create your own painting inspired by the sacred art of Sinai, and listen to tales of Moses and the Mideast, all in celebration of the exhibition Holy Image, Hallowed Ground: Icons from Sinai.

Free; no reservations required.

Learn more and see the full schedule.

Souhail Kaspar
Master percussionist Souhail Kaspar fills the Museum Courtyard with the music of Egypt
Find More Events at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa
Event Calendar

Make a winter excursion to the Getty Center or the Getty Villa! Check our event calendar for all the daily happenings.

Spend Friday evening developing your artistic skills in our free, twice-monthly Getty Drawing Hour or learn to sculpt the human head in a three-session studio course, or join international art scholars for a daylong symposium on Gerhard Richter's work.

At the Getty Villa, learn about fascinating and enigmatic imagery in Roman mosaics, and don't miss concerts by Orchestra El Azifet, one of the Arab world's premier orchestras.

Most events are FREE.

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