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THE GETTY MUSEUM CELEBRATES 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF ITALIAN UNIFICATION BY SHOWCASING ITALIAN MASTERPIECES IN ITS PERMANENT COLLECTION


At the J. Paul Getty Museum

Through January 8, 2012

June 14, 2011

LOS ANGELES—Highlighting Italy's rich cultural heritage, the J. Paul Getty Museum is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Italian unification with the Italian Showcase, a presentation of objects from its permanent collection that draws visitors' attention to the many fine examples of Italian art on view at both the Getty Center and Getty Villa.

The Getty Museum joins other U.S. cultural institutions, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and, here in Southern California, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and Norton Simon Museum, that are participating in this celebration of Italian cultural heritage at the invitation of the Italian Embassy in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles' Italian Consul General.

"Our participation in this special celebration underscores the longstanding and fruitful relationship we have with our colleagues in Italy," says David Bomford, acting director for the J. Paul Getty Museum. "In partnership with Italy, we have made significant contributions to art scholarship, resulting in a number of important exhibitions, conservation projects, scholarly research, and publications."

At the Getty Center, visitors will encounter special labels next to paintings by Fra Bartolomeo, Titian, and Tiepolo and sculptures by Bernini, Cipriani, and Canova noting that they are part of an "Italian Showcase."

At the Getty Villa—itself a recreation of a first-century Roman Villa—visitors will find ancient Roman masterpieces such as the Lansdowne Herakles. In addition to objects from the permanent collection, the Italian Showcase at the Villa takes visitors to two important objects currently on loan from the the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples: Statue of an Ephebe (Youth) as a Lamp Bearer, which is currently on view in the Basilica at the Getty Villa and the Apollo Saettante, which is part of the special six-month exhibition Apollo from Pompeii: Investigating an Ancient Bronze. On view through September 12, 2011, the presentation marks the statue's first display in the United States after an eighteen-month study and conservation project.

There will be an illustrated checklist of all the Italian Showcase objects both onsite and online at www.getty.edu. Along with other major museums in the United States, objects from the Getty Museum's collection will also be included in a special brochure to be published by the Italian Embassy. The Getty blog, the Iris, will also include a post on the project.

The Getty Museum gratefully acknowledges the Italian Cultural Institute for its support.


About Italy@150

Italy@150 celebrates Italy's 150th anniversary in Washington, D.C., and throughout the United States, with a series of activities that will turn 2011 into an "Italian Year."


About the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles

The Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles is one of five government cultural agencies established in the United States by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Founded in 1984, the Institute acts as a cultural intermediary between Italy and the US, in a multifaceted perspective. IIC is a center for cultural and academic activities, a school of Italian language and culture, and a center for art exhibitions, film screenings and videos. It promotes the translation of Italian authors by encouraging local publishers and makes the public aware of Italian artists, as well as literary contests and awards.

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