Getty Center

Opened in 1997 and designed by architect Richard Meier with the garden designed by Robert Irwin.  The multiple buildings is a marble campus on top of a Pacific Palisades hill next to the 405.  Admission was free but parking is $15.  Lady Egg and I got there early at 10 am when they opened and started our adventure by seeing the exhibit of Bouchardon.  We chose not to  use the self guided tour tools and just wonder the grounds ourselves.

Saying good bye after a fun day at the Getty
Special Exhibit
view up to the museum
Inspiration Point
At the entrance

It was impressive to see both his sketches in red caulk and his sculptures.  The detail and realism was striking.  You can see the muscle structures and they seemed to want to come alive .

We then walked around the other halls and got to see some other European artists including Rembrandt and Vincent van Gogh

An Old Man in Military Costume, Rembrandt
Irises, Vincent van Gogh
Standing Woman 1, Alberto Giacometti 1960
The Virgin and Saint John 1420, German
Lacoon, Giovanni Battista Foggini 1720
TThe Abduction of Europa, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn 1632
Bust of Emperor Caracalla, Bartomeo Cavaceppi 1750-1770

Finally we walked around the garden and marveled at the colors of the plants and flowers. Although the paths look interesting as they zig zag thru the garden, it really jams up with alot of people.  It was really not designed to handle large amounts of people.

After about 4 hours, we left and headed down to Malibu.  By 2pm, there was a long wait just to take the tram up to the Getty Center.  It’s good to come early and avoid the crowds.  This castle of art and design is really a gem on top of a hill.

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