One of the main attractions for our trip to Los Angeles, and 2nd most important point to convince Celine to go there, was the Getty Museum.
The J.Paul Getty Museum is made of 2 different museums: The Getty Center in Los Angeles wich houses European paintings, drawings, sculptures, illuminated manuscripts and photographs; and the Getty Villa in Malibu dedicated to the cultures of ancient Greece, Rome and Etruria. Rather than rushing and visit both of them too quickly and superficially we decided to allocate a full day to the Getty Center. And what a good decision! A combination of unique location on top of a hill offering a 360 degres-view of the city, the purest and bluest sky you can dream off (thanks to the rain the day before that washed away the heavy cloud of pollution that we found above LA the day we arrived), an a-ma-zing architecture and 2 fantastic exhibitions made a perfect day. In case you were thinking of hating us for bragging about the weather, let me add that it was a VERY VERY cold day! It did not stop us eating out anyway, as we wanted to enjoy the Sun as much as we could. [If the list of possible destinations for our future home is correct, it will probably be more a gloves-hats-socks type of country rather than a bikini one, which is a good thing as I always find my size in gloves contrary to bikinis. NB: we still don't know where we are headed to, so no point of asking us yet.]
The shuttle station and its electrical-powered train brought us up to the hill and the Museum. The ride offered a truly unique view of the Valley high over the Highway 405. Ce suffering from vertigo stayed safely seated on the other side while I was enjoying the panorama. That's when she saw deers roaming the Getty's grounds... lovely introduction.
We started our visit by a stunning exhibition of Middle-Ages french manuscripts. Pictures were strictly forbidden so you will have to trust me when I say that we saw unique treasures. I add the link of the exhibition if you wish to have more information about it.
I love the picture below (taken in the lift). The model is so cute and concentrated on her audioguide :)
The second exhibition, "Felice Beato (1832-190) a photographer on the Easter road" showed the extensive collection of pictures this photograph took in more than 50 years all over East Asia (India, China, Japan, Korea and Burma). Beato work is especially renowned for his photographs of battlefields during the Crimean War, Opium War or Indian Mutiny for example, were he was the first to show images of the dead, and totally changed the way of taking pictures. I personally enjoyed more the hand-colored Samurais photographs...Again no pictures allowed.
But it was not the case for all the museum pieces fortunately.
and finally the masterpiece of the Museum: the architecture of the Museum itself. One of the most refined and elegant building I have ever visited. Its "architect Richard Meier designed the complex to highlight both Nature and Culture". One of the stunning feature is the amount of natural light that floods the museum. I remember natural light was a great novelty in the Modern Art museum of Grenoble, when they built it 20 years ago, but the Getty is in a different league altogether.
City's and Pacific Ocean views
San Gabriel snow-capped mountains
Next episode in LA: Tinseltown!