I had the opportunity last summer to visit the Getty Center Museum. This is a very impressive site on top of a large hill. The tram ride up gives one an idea of the scale of the facility. The museum itself is just one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. The day I visited was clear and I could see the ocean and for miles in almost every direction I could look. The museum flows from gallery to gallery and seems to be in a logical progression. The grounds are stunning and are a beautiful setting for the jewel that is the Getty.
The collection is certainly reminiscent of the Louvre. A very scaled down version to be certain. Some of the galleries seem to be blatantly copied in fact. The apartments of Napoleon III in the Louvre have an American counterpart at the Getty, down to the wooden floors.
When I visited, there were some nice travelling exhibits. I saw works by Gainsborough and Reynolds of Sarah Siddons the actress. This was very nice and the presentation was well done. The exhibit of Andy Warhol's polaroids was interesting but not excellent. The permanent collection was okay--nothing to write home about. The main piece I wanted to see was out on loan. The LA County Museum across town had a more impressive permanent collection in my opinion. I do feel though with a very well endowed budget for acquisitions that the collection will certainly have an opportunity to improve. I look forward to future visits to see what they do with their money!
The Getty Center in Los Angeles presents the Getty's collection of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present against a backdrop of dramatic architecture, tranquil gardens, and breathtaking views.
Address 1200 Getty Center Drive Los Angeles, California 90049
Please note that access to the Getty Center is only via the main gate on N. Sepulveda Boulevard.