Friday, January 25, 2008

Los Angeles - Getty Museum

At the end of June last year I went for a conference to Los Angeles, which was taking place at UCLA campus. Taking advantage of occasional free afternoons I went to visit Getty Museum (together with Lev) and Santa Monica (alone).

Both Lev and I were truly impressed with the collection and architecture of the Getty Center. As you can see at the photos below, the Getty is extremely aesthetically pleasing to the eye, and in a way it makes you feel as if you would be sightseeing ancient Greek or Roman buildings. Also their exhibits, even though limited in size, were first class. For example one room was dedicated solely to Manet's Bar at the Folies-Bergère. To help visitors understand the perspective from which this picture was painted, on the opposite wall from the painting a mirror has been installed, giving you a chance to try to solve the visual and psychological ambiguities of Manet's painting.
Another great exhibition that we saw there was called "Medieval Beasts" and it featured a diverse assortment of beasts from the manuscripts published in Middle Ages. It was amazing to realize that only five centuries ago people widely believed that such fantastic animals lived in the world around them. But then again, also today people believe in strange things...

The Getty:

One of the exhibitions that I liked was entitled "Medieval Beasts":

Downtown LA as seen from The Getty:

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus:

Crowded Santa Monica Beach:

Entertainment complex at Santa Monica Beach:

Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall:

Los Angeles City Hall: