Getty Research Institute
Opening between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016
- The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals
October 13, 2015–March 13, 2016
Elaborate artworks made of food were created for royal court and civic celebrations in early modern Europe. Like today’s Rose Bowl Parade on New Year’s Day or Mardi Gras just before Lent, festivals were times for exuberant parties. Public celebrations and street parades featured large-scale edible monuments made of breads, cheeses, and meats. At court festivals, banquet settings and dessert buffets displayed magnificent table monuments with heraldic and emblematic themes made of sugar, flowers, and fruit. This exhibition, drawn from the Getty Research Institute’s Festival Collection, featured rare books and prints, including early cookbooks and serving manuals that illustrated the methods and materials for making edible monuments.
- Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road
May 7–September 4, 2016
The Mogao Grottoes, located near the town of Dunhuang in the Gobi Desert of northwestern China, comprise some five hundred decorated Buddhist cave temples dating from the 4th to the 14th century. Filled with exquisite wall paintings and sculptures, the caves bear witness to the intense religious, artistic, and cultural exchanges along the Silk Road, the trade routes linking East and West. Cave Temples of Dunhuang featured numerous objects originally from the site—such as paintings and manuscripts that have rarely, if ever, traveled to the United States, as well as three spectacular full-size cave replicas. The exhibition celebrated more than twenty-five years of collaboration between the Getty Conservation Institute and the Dunhuang Academy to preserve this UNESCO World Heritage site.