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Located on the heights of Brentwood, the Getty Center operates as a university site. Opened in 1997, it is a major cultural center and research center. Overlooking the ocean and supporting the San Gabriel Mountains, the stunning Getty Center is a bit of the Acropolis of Los Angeles. The buildings imagined by architect Richard Meier form a very modern, clean and bold ensemble in its geometric choices mixing curves and straight shapes. The buildings are entirely travertine, a porous porous rock, chosen for its simplicity, strength and durability. Think of sunglasses in order not to be dazzled… by works exhibited like natural light! The Getty Center is accessed by a small train that connects the car park and the entrance to the building. The site includes part of the J. Paul Getty Museum (the other part is the Getty Villa in Malibu), as well as the Getty Research Institute and the Getty Conservation Institute.
Yeah, Getty Museum. The permanent collection of the Getty Museum makes it one of the most beautiful and major art museums in the world. It includes paintings, drawings, light manuscripts, sculptures and decorative art prior to the twentieth century, American, European and Asian photographs of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as well as modern and contemporary sculptures. The Iris of Van Gogh is the most popular painting in the museum. Four pavilions, guided by four cardinal points, welcome permanent exhibitions and a pavilion, Pavilion Exhibition, is dedicated to temporary exhibitions. The pavilions of permanent collections welcome the works chronologically, the oldest in the north pavilion and the most modern in the west pavilion. In each pavilion, the first floor houses the works that may be damaged by light, such as manuscripts, pastels, photography or art furniture. Robert Irwin Central Garden, the garden specially created for the Center, is considered a work of art in the permanent collection.
Robert Irwin Central Garden. A work of live art, constantly evolving, it was designed by artist Robert Irwin between 1992 and 1997 as a "garden sculpture". It houses over 500 plant species. Its meadow lined with trees crosses a stream that winds to a place of intimate character, flowered bougainvilleae. Waterfall on crosses of travertine, forming a modern and soothing sculpture, to a basin where an extraordinary labyrinth of azalea bushes floats.
Cactus Garden. This impressive cacteous garden, with antique looks, extends over one of the center's foothills, but it is not possible to visit it… unless flying by helicopter!
Getty Research Institute. The Getty Research Institute has more than 800,000 books available. The research center is also composed of a foundation and an auditorium.
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Open Tuesday to Friday and Sunday from 10am to 5.30pm, and Saturday from 10am to 9pm. Free admission. Parking: 20 US$, 15 US$ after 3pm. For special events and Saturdays, parking 10 US$ after 6pm.
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