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Current Exhibition


 
The Art of Alchemy
October 11, 2016–February 12, 2017
Getty Research Institute Galleries I and II

Alchemy, a subject that has long been shrouded in secrecy, was a mysterious mix of science and spirituality. Today, alchemy is regarded as the ancestor of modern chemistry, but throughout history, the practice of alchemy was considered an art. In medieval Europe, it was known as The Great Art. Over time, alchemy greatly influenced the shifting interpretations of the relationship among art, science, and natural philosophy. Drawing primarily from the collections of the Getty Research Institute and the J. Paul Getty Museum, The Art of Alchemy will display the critical impact of this arcane subject on artistic practice and expression from Greco-Egyptian antiquity to medieval Central Asia, and from the Islamic world to Europe during the Enlightenment and beyond.

This exhibition will be on view at the Kulturforum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin in Germany from April 6 to July 23, 2017.

Image: Allegory of Distillation (detail), 1606. From Claudio de Domenico Celentano di Valle Nove, [Book of Alchemical Formulas] (Naples, 1606), p. 6. Manly Palmer Hall Collection of Alchemical Manuscripts. The Getty Research Institute, 950053, box 22


Upcoming Exhibitions


 
The Legacy of Ancient Palmyra
Coming February 8, 2017
ONLINE EXHIBITION

War in Syria has irrevocably changed the ancient caravan city of Palmyra, famed as a meeting place of civilizations since its apogee in the mid-2nd to 3rd century CE. The Romans and Parthians knew Palmyra as a wealthy oasis metropolis, a center of culture and trade on the edge of their empires. For centuries, traveling artists and explorers have documented the site in former states of preservation. This online exhibition captures the site as it was photographed for the first time by Louis Vignes in 1864 and illustrated in the 18th century by the architect Louis-François Cassas. Their works contribute to Palmyra's legacy, one that goes far beyond the stones of its once great buildings.

Image: Temple of Bel, cella entrance (detail), Jean Baptiste Réville and Pierre Gabriel Berthault after Louis-François Cassas, 1799. From Voyage pittoresque de la Syrie, de la Phoénicie, de la Palestine, et de la Basse Egypte (Paris, 1799), vol. 1, pl. 46. The Getty Research Institute, 840011


 
Concrete Poetry: Words and Sounds in Graphic Space
March 28–July 30, 2017
Getty Research Institute, Gallery I

Drawing principally from the Getty Research Institute's vast collection of prints, artists' books, journals, and archives documenting the concrete poetry movement, this exhibition features work by Ian Hamilton Finlay (Scottish), Augusto de Campos and fellow Brazilians, foundational figure Eugen Gomringer (Bolivian-born Swiss), and key contemporaries who led the movement in new directions. Concrete Poetry takes as its focus the visual, verbal, and sonic experiments of the 1960s and 1970s, a period in which visual poems were disseminated internationally. Likewise, it explores how Finlay and de Campos invented new poetic forms ("poster-poems," "standing poems") and continuously reproduced their projects across media, transforming poems into three-dimensional objects and even digital animations.

Image: Open (Abre), Augusto de Campos. From Augusto de Campos and Julio Plaza, Poemobiles 1968/1974 (São Paulo, 1974). The Getty Research Institute, 92-B21581. Courtesy Augusto de Campos


 
Berlin and Los Angeles: Space for Music
April 25–July 30, 2017
Getty Research Institute, Gallery II

Berlin and Los Angeles: Space for Music celebrates the 50th anniversary of the sister-city partnership between West Berlin and Los Angeles by exploring two iconic buildings: the Berlin Philharmonic (1963), designed by Hans Scharoun, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall (2003) in Los Angeles, designed by Frank Gehry. Both buildings have captured the public's imagination and become signature features of the urban landscape of each city. Focusing on the buildings' extraordinary interiors, this exhibition brings together original drawings, sketches, prints, photographs, and models to convey each architect's design process. Berlin and Los Angeles demonstrates how the Berlin Philharmonic and the Walt Disney Concert Hall were pivotal in fostering a strong resonance between architecture and the city.

Image: Walt Disney Concert Hall, Carol Highsmith, 2012. Courtesy of The Jon B. Lovelace Collection of California Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America Project, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division


Traveling Exhibition


 
The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals
December 16, 2016–April 16, 2017
Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan

Elaborate artworks made of food were created for royal court and civic celebrations in early modern Europe. Like today's Rose Bowl Parade on New Year's Day or Mardi Gras just before Lent, festivals were times for exuberant parties. Public celebrations and street parades featured large-scale edible monuments made of breads, cheeses, and meats. At court festivals, banquet settings and dessert buffets featured magnificent table monuments with heraldic and emblematic themes made of sugar, flowers, and fruit. This exhibition, drawn from the Getty Research Institute's Festival Collection, features rare books and prints, including early cookbooks and serving manuals that illustrate the methods and materials for making edible monuments.

This exhibition is on view at Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit from December 16, 2016, to April 16, 2017.

Image: Pastry Tools (detail), Robert Bénard, 1771. From Denis Diderot, ed., Encyclopédie; ou, dictionnaire raisonné: Recueil de planches, vol. 8 (Paris, 1771), pl. 2, 84-B31307


Events


 
Lecture and book signing
Provenance: Exposing the Spoils of War
January 25, 2017






 
Colloquium
Art and the Reformation
February 2–3, 2017






 
 
 
 
 
 
Residential Course
Mellon Summer Institute in Italian Paleography
July 10–28, 2017