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First Gorgon, Beethoven Frieze / Klimt

The Art of Yoga 2012

We're teaming up with Flavorpill for a morning of yoga and art at the Getty Center on Saturday, September 22. Get your zen on and help us celebrate the closing weekend for our not-to-be missed exhibition Gustav Klimt: The Magic of Line. Yoga instructor Ashley Turner will lead the session with music by KCRW's Jason Bentley. Tours include an overview of the Klimt exhibition and a point-of-view talk by performance artist Skip Arnold on the themes of body politics, strength, endurance, and existence. Free with RSVP.

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Saturday, September 22, 2012
8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Getty Center


Yoga—8:00–10:00 a.m.

Exhibition Tour—10:00 a.m.

Point-of-View Talk—2:00 p.m.


Gustav Klimt: Drawing as a Guiding Principle

To the public, Klimt is known primarily as a painter, in particular as the creator of his renowned "golden paintings." In truth, however, the practice of drawing formed the core of his unique genius, and line was the fundamental basis of his art. Marian Bisanz-Prakken, curator of drawings at the Albertina Museum, shows how Klimt, through his obsessive daily study of the human figure based on observations, developed the defining themes of his art, including love and eros, and life and death. Free, reservations required.

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Sunday, July 8, 2012, 3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

From Mozart's Vienna to Freud's Vienna: The Human Emotions in Messerschmidt and Klimt

Two spectacular cultural moments in the history of one city shaped the artistic agendas of Messerschmidt and Klimt as they explored the representation of human emotions. Messerschmidt worked in Mozart's Vienna, and Klimt in Freud's. Larry Wolff, professor of history at New York University, discusses how the cultural values of Vienna during two different eras illuminate their art. Free, reservations required.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Arthur Schnitzler and Vienna 1900

Arthur Schnitzler—Being Jewish, a staged reading based on Schnitzler's journals and correspondence, focuses on the renowned and controversial Austrian writer's conflicted feelings about being a Jew. After the performance, a panel discussion situates Schnitzler and his contemporaries, including Gustav Klimt, in the cultural and political context of 19th- and early-20th-century Vienna. Free, reservations required.

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Sunday, September 9, 2012, 4:00 p.m. (reading); 6:00 p.m. (panel discussion)
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Getty Perspectives: The Age of Insight

Eric Kandel, professor of biochemistry and biophysics at Columbia University, outlines our understanding of the cognitive psychological and neurobiological basis of perception, memory, emotion, empathy, and creativity. He examines how cognitive psychology and brain biology have joined to explore how the viewer perceives and responds to art. Kandel illustrates these ideas with portraits by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Oskar Kokoschka. Free, reservations required.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium


Beethoven's Ninth at the Hollywood Bowl

The Los Angeles Philharmonic performs Beethoven's inspiring Symphony no. 9. In celebration of Gustav Klimt's 150th birthday and his famous Beethoven Frieze, the LA Phil and Getty Museum come together to commission video imagery by Herman Kolgen to accompany the famous "Ode to Joy" finale of the symphony.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012, 8:00 p.m.
The Hollywood Bowl


Culinary Workshop: Modern Vienna

Celebrate Austrian-born artist Gustav Klimt's 150th birthday while exploring the evolution of his art through the exhibition Gustav Klimt: The Magic of Line. Discover Austrian cuisine and prepare a traditional meal complete with Viennese pastries appropriate for a birthday celebration. Course fee $75. Tickets available beginning Sunday, July 1.

Course is offered twice:
Thursday, July 19, 2012, 10:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Friday, July 20, 2012, 10:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Private Dining Room

Artist in Residence

Join artist Richard Houston in the Sketching Gallery to explore figure drawing as inspired by Gustav Klimt. Participants investigate the figure through discussion and drawing exercises while working from a life model. This is a free, drop-in program.

Thursdays, August 2–30, 2012, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Sketching Gallery


Curator's Gallery Talks

Edouard Kopp, assistant curator, Department of Drawings, the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads a gallery talk on the exhibition. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall. Free, no reservations required.

Thursday, July 19, 2012, 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012, 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 1:30 p.m.

GettyGuide® Multimedia Player

Hear how Gustav Klimt used the daily practice of drawing from life to conceive enigmatic visual and conceptual themes. Pick up a multimedia player free of charge in the Museum Entrance Hall.