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Gustav Klimt: The Magic of Line opens July 3. Plus: free outdoor music, the Greek symposion, fun for families, more

July 2012

Event Calendar

Gustav Klimt: The Magic of Line
July 3–September 23 | The Getty Center

Current Exhibitions

Future Exhibitions

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Discover the beautiful and evocative drawings of Gustav Klimt in this major retrospective, which explores the stylistic evolution of his drawings as well as their centrality to his work. Klimt's drawings are characterized by an unsurpassed mastery of line, from his earliest days as a student to his maturity as an avant-garde master.

The exhibition is organized by the Albertina Museum, Vienna, in association with the J. Paul Getty Museum, to mark the 150th anniversary of Klimt's birth.

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Drawings by Gustav Klimt - opens July 3
Fish Blood, 1897–98, Gustav Klimt. Private collection, courtesy Galerie St. Etienne, New York
Opening in July

Messerschmidt and Modernity
July 24–October 14 | The Getty Center
Franz Xaver Messerschmidt's strange and beautiful "Character Heads" take center stage in this compelling exhibition, which includes an interactive gallery where you can explore your own facial expressions.

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Messerschmidt and Modernity - opens July 24
The Vexed Man (detail), after 1770, Franz Xaver Messerschmidt
Closing in July

Aphrodite and the Gods of Love
Closes July 9 | The Getty Villa
Sculptures, jewelry, painted vases, and more reveal the many sides of Aphrodite—mistress of love and desire, civic protectress, symbol of imperial power. Learn more »

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Saturdays Off the 405
Saturday, July 14 and 28, 6:00–9:00 p.m. | The Getty Center

Performances and Films

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Get a free double-dose of Saturday music this month. July 14 features Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang, a collaboration between Sierra Leonean bubu master Janka Nabay and four high-octane Brooklyn musicians. July 28 gives you drooly up-and-coming R & B superstar Nick Waterhouse, who's been described as having "the face of an engineering student and the voice of a soul assassin." Free; parking is $10 after 5:00 p.m.

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Saturdays Off the 405 double dose - July 14 and 28
Sierra Leone to L.A., via Brooklyn: Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang
Beethoven's Ninth
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Tuesday, July 10, 8:00 p.m. | The Hollywood Bowl

In celebration of Gustav Klimt's 150th birthday and his famous Beethoven Frieze, the LA Phil, in partnership with the Getty, presents Beethoven's thrilling Ninth Symphony. Newly commissioned video imagery by multimedia artist Herman Kolgen accompanies the famous "Ode to Joy" finale.

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Beethoven's Ninth at the Hollywood Bowl - July 10
Enjoy a musical and artistic tribute to Klimt and Beethoven at the Hollywood Bowl.
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Gustav Klimt: Drawing as the Guiding Principle
Sunday, July 8, 3:00 p.m. | The Getty Center

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The practice of drawing formed the core of Gustav Klimt's unique genius, and line was the fundamental basis of his art. Marian Bisanz-Prakken, curator of drawings at the Albertina in Vienna, shows how Klimt developed the defining themes of his art through his obsessive, daily study of the human figure. Free; reservations required.

Complements the exhibition Gustav Klimt: The Magic of Line, opening July 3.

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Klimt as master of line - July 8
Floating Female Figure with Outstretched Left Arm, 1900–1901, Gustav Klimt. Albertina, Vienna
Drinking in the Greek Manner: A Brief History of the Symposion
Saturday, July 21, 5:00–7:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa

Learn about the symposion of ancient Greece—the social institution for men of status to meet, converse, and drink wine. Historian Oswyn Murray sets the stage with a lecture; an outdoor wine tasting follows. Tickets are $60 and go on sale July 2 at 9:00 a.m.

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Opine, recline, and dine - July 21
Wine cup with symposion scenes (detail), about 450–440 B.C., attributed to the Euaion Painter
What Does Heaven Look Like?
Thursday, July 26, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Center

What do depictions of death and the afterlife say about the cultures that create them? Experts in religion, art, and anthropology discuss images of heaven and hell in a lively panel inspired by the exhibition Heaven, Hell, and Dying Well: Images of Death in the Middle Ages. Free; reservations required.

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Heaven, hell, and the afterlife in art - July 26
Denise Poncher before a Vision of Death (detail), about 1500, Master of the Chronique scandaleuse
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Free Summer Programs for Families
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Family Activities

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Summer break? Head to the Museum for fun, free family programs daily. At the Getty Center, weekday programs Morning Art Start and Art Adventures for Families invite you to explore the galleries; on weekends, Family Art Lab offers hands-on fun at the art-making tables. At the Getty Villa, Art Odyssey offers active tours in the galleries every Wednesday–Friday, while ArtQuest! features mummy model making each weekend.

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Free programs for families, all summer long
Enjoy fun family time in the galleries and at the art-making tables.
Highlights at a Glance—July 2012
At the Getty Center this month

O P E N I N G   T H I S   M O N T H
Gustav Klimt: The Magic of Line (July 3)
Messerschmidt and Modernity (July 24)

C O N T I N U I N G   T H I S   M O N T H
Herb Ritts: L.A. Style (through Aug. 26)

H O T   T I C K E T S
Talk: Gustav Klimt (July 8)
Artist-at-Work: Early Photography (July 8, 15, 22, 29)
Concert: Saturdays Off the 405 (July 14 & 28)
Conversation: Heaven and Hell (July 26)

At the Getty Villa this month

C L O S I N G   T H I S   M O N T H
Aphrodite and the Gods of Love (July 9)

H O T   T I C K E T S
Talk and Wine Tasting: The Symposion (July 21)
Handling Sessions: Gem Carving (Sat & Sun)
Artist-at-Work: Roman Fashion Show (July 31)

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