Museum Home Current Exhibitions The Life of Art: Context, Collecting, and Display

February 7, 2012–December 3, 2017 at the Getty Center


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Look closely at a work of art and you are likely to uncover clues to a fascinating past and present: an object's intimate connection to people, places, institutions, and cultures.

This exhibition takes four objects from the Museum's decorative arts collection—a silver fountain, a wall light, a side chair, and a lidded bowl—and encourages you to explore their "lives" through an interactive presentation.