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The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals
October 13, 2015–March 13, 2016
Getty Research Institute Galleries I and II

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 displayed 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.


Conversation and Book Signing
Darra Goldstein and The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets
October 21, 2015

Panel Discussion
Edible Delights in History
November 14, 2015
—sold out—

Lecture Series
The Art of Food
November 15, 2015, through March 6, 2016


Traveling Exhibition

World War I: War of Images, Images of War
September 11, 2015–January 4, 2016
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum

World War I: War of Images, Images of War examines the art and visual culture of the First World War—a conflict of unprecedented mechanized slaughter as well as a struggle over the cultural dominance and direction of Europe.

The exhibition juxtaposes the representation of the war in visual propaganda with its depiction by artists who experienced the brutality firsthand. Drawing principally from the Getty Research Institute's special collections and key loans from across the country, the exhibition features a range of satirical journals, prints, posters, and photographs as well as accounts from the front, including a war diary, correspondence, and "trench art" made by soldiers. Through such archival and graphic material, World War I: War of Images, Images of War captures the trauma of this first modern war.

This exhibition is on view at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis.

Image caption: The Trench (detail), Félix Vallotton, 1915–16. From C'est la guerre! The Getty Research Institute, Gift of Dr. & Mrs. Richard A. Simms, 2004.PR.1

Upcoming Exhibition

Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China's Silk Road
敦煌莫高窟: 中國絲綢之路上的佛教藝術

May 7–September 4, 2016
Getty Center

The Mogao caves, located near the town of Dunhuang in the Gobi Desert of northwest China, comprise some 500 decorated Buddhist cave temples dating from the 4th to the 14th century. Filled with exquisite wall paintings and sculptures, the caves bear witness to the intense religious, artistic, and cultural exchanges along the Silk Road, the trade routes linking East and West.

Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China's Silk Road features numerous objects originally from the site—such as paintings and manuscripts that have rarely, if ever, traveled to the United States, as well as three spectacular full-size cave replicas. The exhibition celebrates more than 25 years of collaboration between the Getty Conservation Institute and the Dunhuang Academy to preserve this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Image caption: Cave 285 (detail), view of the interior, Western Wei dynasty (535–556 CE). Mogao caves, Dunhuang, China. Photo: Wu Jian. © Dunhuang Academy