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Cave 85, detail of a wall painting, Late Tang dynasty (848–907 CE). Mogao Grottoes, Dunhuang, China. Courtesy Dunhuang Academy


  Cave 85, detail of a wall painting, Late Tang dynasty (848–907 CE). Mogao Grottoes, Dunhuang, China. Courtesy 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
Filled with exquisite wall paintings and sculptures, the Mogao Grottoes—located near Dunhuang in China's Gobi Desert—comprise nearly 500 Buddhist cave temples dating from the 4th to the 14th century. This exhibition features numerous objects from the site, some of which have never traveled to the United States, as well as three spectacular full-size cave replicas and a virtual immersive experience of Cave 45. Cave Temples of Dunhuang celebrates more than 25 years of collaboration between the Getty Conservation Institute and the Dunhuang Academy to preserve this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Public tours of the gallery portion of this exhibition will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 p.m., starting May 10, 2016.

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  Photograph of El Zangarrón asking for aguinaldo, Montamarta, Zamora, Spain, 1989 (detail). The Getty Research Institute, 90.R.34. © Cristina García Rodero. Photo: Cristina García Rodero

2016/2017 Getty Scholars Announced

The GRI and the J. Paul Getty Museum will welcome over 40 scholars for the 2016/2017 Scholars Program at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa. The GRI scholars will explore the themes of Art and Anthropology and The Classical World in Context: Egypt. Selected projects include investigations into Pueblo architecture, luxury objects in Aztec Mexico, and early Islamic print culture.

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  Chris Burden with Metropolis II, 2010. Photo: Joshua White


Film Screening and Conversation | May 31, 2016 | 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
This Los Angeles premiere traces the career of artist Chris Burden (1946–2015) from his early, occasionally terrifying performances, such as Five Day Locker Piece (1971), to his more recent sculptures, such as Outdoor Light (2008). The film also features intimate footage of Burden at his Topanga studio. A conversation with the film's directors will follow the screening.

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The Shining Inheritance: Italian Painters at the Qing Court, 1699–1812

Marco Musillo
The imperial workshops of 19th-century China were not just home to Chinese artists, but Italian artists as well. Hired through Jesuit missionaries, these painters participated in an artistic exchange that challenged the dogma of European universality. The Shining Inheritance looks at the professional adaptations and pictorial modifications to Chinese traditions that allowed three of these painters to work in the Chinese cultural sphere.

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  Photograph of Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini's Venus with Amor and Faun (ca. 1708–13). The Schaeffer Galleries Records. The Getty Research Institute, 910148

The Schaeffer Galleries Records

Finding Aid
The Schaeffer Galleries, run by art dealers Hanns and Kate Schaeffer, specialized in Old Master paintings from all European schools. The core of this collection comprises approximately 2,500 photographs of artworks handled by the galleries from the early 1920s until the late 1980s, filed with documents related to attribution, provenance, acquisition, and sales. The galleries' business correspondence has also been indexed to facilitate searching by the correspondent's name.

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  Culinary historian Ivan Day at the Getty Center in 2016.

Eating the Edifice

Video of January 31, 2016, Lecture
From the gilded sugar coins distributed at 15th-century Italian wedding feasts to the edible models of Victorian London omnibuses, culinary historian Ivan Day discusses the evolution of edible table art. Day explains the materials, equipment, and molds that past masters used to create these fanciful objects. This lecture, part of the Art of Food Lecture Series, was held in conjunction with the GRI's exhibition The Edible Monument.

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Video Art from Latin America | Screening | June 8, 2016 | 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center

Cornelia Funke's Voyage into the Cave of the Thousand Buddhas

Storytelling and Book Signing | June 19, 2016 | 11:00 a.m. | The Getty Center


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