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New Construction, Additions, and Re-organization of Space Are Most Comprehensive Since Centers Opening in 1997

September 19, 2006

LOS ANGELES—The Getty Center is in the midst of the most significant renovations in the Center’s nearly 10-year history, consisting of a new public sculpture garden, remodeled galleries, and a reconceived art education space for the public.  The renovations will enhance the visitor experience with new outdoor sculpture areas designed to encourage contemplation and relaxation, expanded galleries for photographs and drawings, and an innovative new approach to the display of late medieval and Renaissance sculpture and decorative arts, including newly acquired stained glass.

The Fran and Ray Stark Sculpture Collection
The transformation and enhancement of public spaces throughout the Getty Center is underway in preparation for the installation of 28 modern sculptures donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum by the late legendary film producer Ray Stark and his wife Fran.  The collection – which represents many of the 20th century’s greatest sculptors – is being installed throughout the Center with the help of the Center’s original architect and landscape designers, Richard Meier & Partners and the Olin Partnership.  At the new Fran and Ray Stark Sculpture Garden at the tram departure area, new plantings, seating, and water features will encourage leisurely contemplation of the sculptures against the backdrop of the Getty Center’s dramatic architecture.  The new Fran and Ray Stark Terrace, located between a new formal entrance to the Museum’s West Pavilion and the Garden Terrace Cafe, will activate that area in a new way and link closely to other sculptures on view inside the Museum.

Many of the 28 pieces from this collection are already in place throughout the campus, including works by Alberto Giacometti and Roy Lichtenstein.  “As the Stark collection sculptures are layered onto the site, their presence will transform the Getty Center and the Getty’s relationship with modern art,” explains Michael Brand, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum.  “In addition to adding a new dimension to the Getty Center site, the Stark sculptures help us demonstrate the continuity of artistic traditions that runs throughout the Getty's various collections. Visitors will be able to connect with art in new and different ways.”

Completion of the sculpture installation and its enhanced public setting is scheduled for early 2007.

The New Center for Photographs, West Pavilion
On October 24, the Getty Museum, which holds one of the world’s pre-eminent collections of photographs, will unveil the new Center for Photographs, to be located on the Terrace level of the West Pavilion.  A new formal entrance to the Pavilion, re-designed by Richard Meier and Partners, will be adjacent to the Fran and Ray Stark Sculpture Terrace.  The renovation will triple currently available exhibition space, providing 7,000 square feet dedicated to photographs.  The Getty’s collection of photographs has grown to 31,000 individual works since the establishment of the Museum’s Department of Photographs in 1984.

With the new space, the Museum will be able to feature an expanded range of presentations, including loan exhibitions.  The Center for Photographs is scheduled to open with a major exhibition of more than 160 photographs of gifts, promised gifts, and loans from Los Angeles collector and Photographs Council member Bruce Berman and his wife Nancy.

Drawings Gallery moves to the West Pavilion
Beginning next June, the Museum’s regular exhibitions of drawings will have a new and larger home on the Plaza Level of the West Pavilion, starting with the exhibition Defining Modernity:  European Drawings 1800-1900, which runs from June 5 through September 9, 2007 and features masterpieces of 19th-century draftsmanship from the Museum’s collection.

Debut of Museum’s Stained Glass Collection, North Pavilion
The Museum is also in the planning stages of an innovative reinstallation of the suite of sculpture galleries on the Plaza Level of the North Pavilion.  This new presentation will feature 
sculpture and decorative arts, including recently acquired stained glass, and will encompass selected paintings, drawings, and manuscripts from the Museum’s collection.

The Sketching Gallery, East Pavilion
In April 2007, the Upper Level space now known as the East Art Information Room will re-open as The Sketching Gallery.  This room, previously used as an interactive art education area with computer kiosks, will be transformed into a drop-in gallery with free art supplies available to visitors, allowing them to sketch works from the Museum’s collection that will be installed within the space.  The room will provide a comfortable and conducive atmosphere for drawing from the Old Masters, an essential component of artistic training and development throughout European and American history.

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Miranda Carroll
Getty Communications Dept.

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