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USA, Los Angeles: Getty Museum and Its Modern Architecture

Published: 15.3.2021
If you find yourself in Los Angeles and you love art and architecture, don't miss a visit to the Getty Museum. The Getty Center was established here in 1997, so it probably won't seem very modern to you anymore, but I still wouldn't miss the tour. This complex of the world's largest private art collection is located on a hill above LA.


A train will probably take you to the museum, from where there are beautiful views of the surroundings. We were probably most impressed by the main entrance, which is called the Hovering Rotunda. In the summer months, you will find lots of greenery and flowers in the central garden. It is interesting that there are over 10,000 trees here. The museum was founded by oil magnate, writer and passionate collector Jean Paul Getty. He traveled with his money, bought art and in 1953 showed his collections to the public for the first time. He said: "Selected art is, among other things, the best investment." He himself was enchanted by the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence. Probably the rarest painting in the collection is Irises by Vincent van Gogh. There is also a research institute for the history of art and society, a library, a reading room, a study room, offices and a café in the complex. In the museum you will find not only permanent exhibitions, but also contemporary artists exhibit their works here.

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The collections are systematically divided into different buildings and changed over time. They contain not only paintings, sculptures, rare manuscripts, decorative furniture, but also, for example, rare photographs. The whole complex is incorporated into the landscape thanks to the dense vegetation on the terraces, which run far behind the buildings themselves. Water also plays an important role in many of its forms. Fountains and canals irrigate the central garden between the two main ridges. Different types of tiles define the functions of individual institutions. The cladding of the museum as a public institution is represented by travertine. Most other buildings are lined with matt metal cladding. Like a stone, a matt metal cladding reflects light permanently and, in addition, makes sense of dematerialized translucency without gloss. The metal, combined with the stone and lush vegetation, harmonizes with the landscape of Southern California.

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Being in LA and not seeing this breathtaking place is said to be the same as if you were in Prague and not visiting Prague Castle. If you are interested in the article and would be interested in visiting this luxurious place, it is possible now. Currently, collections can also be viewed online directly on the Getty Center website.

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Text and photos: Veronika Kocmanová

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