on January 1, 2005
The Getty Center is set up in memorial to the late J. Paul Getty, as more than 70% of the collection in the museum is Mr. Getty's personal collection. Relocated and opened in 1997, this place has been a major site for art lovers in the world, with 1.2 million annual visitors. Home of a vast number of paintings, decorative arts, sculptures, and photographs ranging from the year 400 AD to the 1980s and from Van Gogh to an unknown Iranian artist, the building itself is a masterpiece. Designed by Richard Meier, the annex follows and accentuates the contour of the hill, with originality showing everywhere, overlooking L.A.’s most beautiful Pacific and city skylines. The Center Garden is a great work of Robert Irwin. It is one of the most ingenious usages of water in architecture. Both the collection itself and the architecture are truly inspiring pieces of art.
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