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Beba Coca Cola (detail), Décio Pignatari, 1957. From Poesia concreta in Brasile, 1991. The Getty Research Institute, 45-13. Courtesy of the Estate of Décio Pignatari


  Beba Coca Cola, Décio Pignatari, 1957. From Poesia concreta in Brasile, 1991. The Getty Research Institute, 45-13. Courtesy of the Estate of Décio Pignatari

Concrete Poetry: Words and Sounds in Graphic Space

Through July 30, 2017 | The Getty Center
Concrete poetry, a postwar international movement that highlighted the visual and the spatial, broke down language into its component parts to create new meaning. Décio Pignatari's anti-consumerism poem Beba Coca Cola (1957)—now on display in the exhibition Concrete Poetry—is a particularly good example of this deconstruction and play on words. While the first line is the familiar slogan "beba coca cola" (drink coca cola), the subsequent iterations devolve from "babe cola" (drool glue) to the final line of "cloaca" (cesspool).

Concrete Poetry gallery tours are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. in July, except July 4.

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  3D-printed model of the Berlin Philharmonic, 2017. Produced by the Fraunhofer Institute. © J. Paul Getty Trust

Berlin/Los Angeles: Space for Music

Through July 30, 2017 | The Getty Center
The original model of Hans Scharoun's Berlin Philharmonic no longer exists; however, for the exhibition Berlin/LA: Space for Music, the curators wanted to showcase the building's interior alongside Frank Gehry's model for the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The solution was to create a new model. In collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics—who created a 360-degree scan of the hall's interior using lasers—millions of data points were turned into a 1/200th-scale 3D-printed model that conveys the spatial conception of the Philharmonic and allows for side-by-side comparison with Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall model.

Berlin/Los Angeles gallery tours are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:00 p.m. in July, except July 4.

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Read about the process to create the 3D model of the Berlin Philharmonic.


  Concept sketch of the new concert hall (detail), Hans Scharoun, ca. 1956. Akademie der Künste, Hans-Scharoun-Archiv, no. 2692, WV 222. Courtesy of Akademie der Künste, Berlin. © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Choreography of the City: Hans Scharoun's Philharmonie as a Landscape of the Mind

Lecture | July 12, 2017 | 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Among the many commonalities between sister-cities Los Angeles and Berlin, one of the more unexpected connections between the two lies in each city's space for musical performance—the Berlin Philharmonic (Berlin Philharmonie, 1963) and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles (2003). In this lecture, the founding director of the GRI and current Yale Professor of History of Architecture Kurt W. Forster discusses the role of architect Hans Scharoun in this connection and whose Philharmonic reinvented the very notion of a concert hall.

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Two GRI Publications Receive PubWest Book Design Awards

The GRI publications Explodity: Sound, Image, and Word in Russian Futurist Book Art, by curator Nancy Perloff, and Gustave Caillebotte: Painting the Paris of Naturalism, 1872–1887, by art historian Michael Marrinan, have won gold and bronze, respectively, in the PubWest 2017 Book Design Awards for the "Academic and Non-Trade" category. Explodity explores Russian futurist artists' books and their unique fusion of the visual, verbal, and sonic, and Gustave Caillebotte takes a deeper look at the life and artistic development of the painter.

See a list of all the PubWest Design Award Winners.

Buy Explodity: Sound, Image, and Word in Russian Futurist Book Art.

Buy Gustave Caillebotte: Painting the Paris of Naturalism, 1872-1887.



Golden Kingdoms: Luxury Arts in the Ancient Americas

Edited by Joanne Pillsbury, Timothy Potts, and Kim N. Richter
To accompany the upcoming Getty exhibition Golden Kingdoms: Luxury Arts in the Ancient Americas, this catalog features more than 300 works of art—many rarely or never before seen in the United States—and explores the exchange and development of gold working and luxury materials over time in their historical, cultural, social, and political contexts. Co-curated by Joanne Pillsbury, Andrall E. Pearson Curator of Ancient American Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Tim Potts, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum; and Kim Richter, GRI senior research specialist, this exhibition is part of the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative opening September 16, 2017.

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  Painted wooden box containing 30 years of letters from Joseph Cornell, ca. 1963. The Getty Research Institute, 2014.M.30

Joseph Cornell Letters to Susanna De Maria Wilson and Other Papers, 1963–1994

Finding Aid
The collection of 33 unpublished letters from artist Joseph Cornell to Susanna De Maria Wilson—one of his assistants and wife of the minimalist sculptor Walter De Maria—are pieces of collage work and mail art in their own right, some of which feature multiple envelopes and objects, creating a layered reading and viewing experience. The letters include Cornell's poetic and philosophical musings on various topics as well as practical information about his work.

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  Salvatore Settis at the Getty Center, 2016

If Venice Dies

Video of November 5, 2016, Lecture
In this lecture from October 2016, art historian and former GRI Director Salvatore Settis discusses his book If Venice Dies and the effects of "hit and run" tourism on historic urban areas. Settis argues that the existence of cities like Venice is imperiled from the influx of daily visitors, and that Western civilization's prime achievements and other historic sites face ruin from mass tourism and global cultural homogenization.

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In Conversation: Frank Gehry and Kurt Forster

Conversation | July 19, 2017 | 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center



At ESMoA, El Segundo, CA | June 11–August 27, 2017


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