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


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

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
Exhibition opens May 7, 2016 | The Getty Center
The Mogao caves, located near the town of Dunhuang, China, comprise some 500 decorated Buddhist cave temples dating from the 4th to the 14th century. Cave Temples of Dunhuang will feature numerous wall paintings, manuscripts, and sculptures originally from the site (some not previously seen in the United States), as well as three 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.

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Fourteen facts about the Mogao cave temples.



Applications Now Available for 2016/2017 Scholar Year Themes

The Getty Scholars Program announces two research themes for the 2016/2017 scholar year: Art and Anthropology (GRI) and The Classical Word in Context: Egypt (Getty Villa). Art and Anthropology focuses on the past and present relationships between these disciplines, and The Classical World in Context: Egypt addresses the influence of the classical world and Egypt on each other, from the Bronze Age through the coming of Islam. The application deadline for the 2016/2017 scholar year is October 1, 2015.

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  Facade of the Church of the Invalides, Pierre Lepautre after Jules Hardouin-Mansart, 1687. The Getty Research Institute, 1392-604

A Kingdom of Images: French Prints in the Age of Louis XIV, 1660–1715

Through September 6, 2015 | The Getty Center
During the reign of King Louis XIV, etchers and engravers masterfully depicted architectural monuments and projects. The 14 works in French printmaker Pierre Lepautre's rare 17th-century album of designs for Paris's Church of the Invalides—now on view in A Kingdom of Images—also appear to have served a utilitarian purpose: they may have been used to facilitate discussions about design, costs, and construction.

Curators lead gallery tours Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. through September 3, 2015.

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Buy the catalog, A Kingdom of Images.

Browse a list of articles related to the two Louis XIV exhibitions at the Getty.


  Third Apartment (detail), Antoine Trouvain, 1694. From Appartements ou amusements de la famille royale à Versailles (1694–98), a suite of 6 plates. The Getty Research Institute, 2011.PR.20

Fit for a King: Louis XIV and the Art of Fashion

Lecture | August 23, 2015 | 2:00 p.m.
King Louis XIV of France recognized fashion's propaganda value and economic importance, setting the standard of elegant dress throughout Europe via prints, fashion plates, and his own oft-reproduced image. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition A Kingdom of Images: French Prints in the Age of Louis XIV, 1660–1715, this lecture by art historian Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell examines the Sun King's lasting contributions to French fashion as well as his exquisite (and extravagant) taste.

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Find out more about the exhibition, A Kingdom of Images.

Buy the catalog, A Kingdom of Images.

Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell on fashionable footwear in Louis XIV's court.


  Harald Szeemann. Photo: Ingeborg Lüscher

Harald Szeemann Personal Files

Finding Aid
Perhaps the most famous curator of the post-World War II era, Harald Szeemann (1933–2005) presented groundbreaking exhibitions that continue to influence the field of contemporary art. This finding aid contains materials related to Szeemann's personal life, including correspondence with family members, early sketches and drawings by Szeemann, and a large grouping of condolence letters collected by his family after his death.

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Watch a video of a recent GRI panel discussion about Harald Szeemann.


  (from left) Curator Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, scholar Pietro Rigolo, and artists Lea Porsager and Mario Garcia Torres at the Getty Center, 2015.

Reconsidering Harald Szeemann

Video of May 28, 2015, Panel Discussions
This panel discussion explored the life, work, and legacy of Swiss curator Harald Szeemann (1933–2005), as well as the interactions between artistic and curatorial practice. Moderated by former Getty Scholar Carolyn Christov-Bakagiev, panelists included artists Mario Garcia Torres, Giuseppe Penone, and Lea Porsager; curator Alanna Heiss; and scholar Pietro Rigolo.

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Find out more about the Harald Szeemann Archive and Library.


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