Last weekend I visited the Getty Center, which happens to be just a ten-minute drive from my house. I had been to the Getty a few times before during trips to L.A., but had not yet visited it since moving here.
The Getty is not just a museum. It’s a beautiful campus on top of a hill, with fantastic grounds, beautiful gardens, breathtaking views of Los Angeles and a very good collection of pre-20th-century European paintings, drawings, sculpture, and decorative arts; and 19th- and 20th-century American and European photographs.
We saw two specials exhibitions: Gustav Klimt: The Magic of Line, a collection of Klimt drawings, and Herb Ritts: L. A. Style, a collection of stunning black and white photos of famous people from the L.A. scene, from actors and supermodels, to athletes and unknown models.
The Getty Center is part of the so-called Getty Museum. The other part is the Getty Villa, a replica of an Italian villa that J. Paul Getty built next to his home in Pacific Palisades to house his collection. I haven’t been to the Villa yet, but it’s on my must-do list!
If you’re visiting L.A., make time to see the Getty Center. If you live here, make it a habit to visit the Getty often and enjoy its many attractions.