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Current 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 Grottoes, 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

Events


 
Series
Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Lectures, Music, Film
May 7–September 4, 2016






 
Lecture and book signing
If Venice Dies
November 5, 2016






Upcoming 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.

Image caption: Allegory of Distillation (detail), 1606. From Claudio de Domenico Celentano di Valle Nove, [Book of Alchemical Formulas] (Naples, 1606), pp. 6–7. Manly Palmer Hall Collection of Alchemical Manuscripts. The Getty Research Institute, 950053, box 22