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January 21, 2001

Quarterly News Bulletin and Exhibition Schedule Winter 2000-2001


Winter 2000-2001

 

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EXHIBITIONS AT THE GETTY CENTER
All exhibitions located in the J. Paul Getty Museum unless otherwise indicated.

New Exhibitions Opening Winter 2000-2001

Statue of an Emperor: A Conservation Partnership
Opening December 5, 2000
This exhibition features the conservation of a statue of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, who ruled the Roman Empire from A.D. 161 to 180. The statue belongs to the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, and the conservation was a collaboration between the Pergamon and the Getty Museum. Composed of approximately 40 fragments of four different types of marble, some original, others carved during different restoration campaigns of the 18th and 19th centuries, the statue was in danger of collapsing because the joints between the fragments had loosened over time. The conservators took the statue completely apart and reassembled it. Video segments show this process as it took place in the conservation laboratories of the Getty Museum. The exhibition highlights changes in restoration and conservation practices that have occurred between the 18th and 21st centuries.

Making a Renaissance Painting
December 5, 2000-August 19, 2001
Renaissance painters practiced their art according to specialized training and local traditions. This exhibition focuses on the methods and materials employed by the prominent Netherlandish artist Joachim Beuckelaer for his splendid Miraculous Draught of Fishes (1563). Every step in the painting of this large panel painting, produced in Antwerp, is explored. The installation shows how wooden panels were selected and prepared, and how a variety of pigments were made ready for painting in the workshop of the master painter. Additionally, the scientific methods used to study the painting, such as x-radiography, infra-red reflectography, and cross-sections are explained, revealing the complex processes of Beuckelaer's painting.

Drawing the Landscape: 1500-1800
January 23-April 15, 2001
This exhibition explores artists' depiction of the landscape-whether real or imaginary, sublime or picturesque-in drawings spanning the Renaissance to the Romantic era. Highlights include Titian's delicately rendered Pastoral Scene and Rembrandt's Landscape with the House with the Little Tower.

Mexico: From Empire to Revolution
Part I: October 21, 2000-January 21, 2001
Part II: February 24-May 20, 2001
Research Institute Exhibition Gallery
Divided into two parts, this exhibition explores the historical importance of photographs in portraying Mexico's turbulent past between the 1860s and 1910s. The exhibition is drawn from the Getty Research Institute's archive of over one million photographs. Press Release

Part I is divided into two sections: "Empire and Intervention" and "Ruins of Pre-Hispanic Empires." The first section focuses on the period of the 1860s and the French occupation of Mexico, the empire of Maximilian, and resistance with victory under the leadership of Benito Juarez. The second section features photographs taken between the 1860s and 1880s of the ruins of pre-hispanic cultures.

Part II is also divided into two sections. The first section, "Building the Nation," looks at the character and growth of cities and countryside from the 1870s through the turn of the century. The second section, "From Celebration to Revolution," focuses on the Mexican Revolution in the 1910s.

Shaping the Great City: Modern Architecture in Central Europe, 1890-1937
February 20-May 6, 2001
This landmark touring exhibition, seen here in its only U.S. venue, uses architectural drawings, photographs, models, books, and archival film clips to explore the origins and development of modern architecture in Central Europe before and after the First World War, a time of dramatic social and political change. The three main themes are: the debate about new aesthetics and the dissemination of new architectural languages; the structure and symbols of the modern city; and the relationship of architecture to the pre- and post-World War I social and political order. This exhibition is organized by the Getty Research Institute; the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal; and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Culture; in association with Kunstforum Wien.

Ritual Splendor: Illuminated Liturgical Manuscripts
February 20-May 6, 2001
The books consulted by bishops, priests, monks, and nuns in religious services are among the most splendidly illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. This exhibition of 18 manuscripts and leaves dating from the 10th to the 16th century, all from the Museum's permanent collection, highlights the illumination of liturgical books. It introduces the different types of books and their characteristic illumination. One manuscript, for example, shows the Resurrection within the opening letter R of the chants for Easter Sunday. The exhibition also includes representations of the liturgy, and explores the way the liturgical celebration of events from Christ's life and the commemoration of the saints marked the passing of the seasons for medieval Christians.

Continuing Exhibitions and Installations at the Getty Center

Voyages and Visions: Early Photographs from the Wilson Family Collection
October 24, 2000-February 18, 2001
Drawn from the Wilson Family Collection, Voyages and Visions features photographs dating from the emergence of this new medium in 1839 through the golden age of the 1850s--a particularly innovative period in the early history of photography. As methods were refined and materials improved, photographers ventured further afield in their attempt to document the world. The voyages and visions explored here cover most of the world's continents through diverse photographs by masters including William Henry Fox Talbot, Roger Fenton, Dr. John Murray, Edouard Baldus, and Ernest Benecke. Amassed over the past 20 years by Michael and Jane Wilson, astute collectors of the medium, the Wilson Family Collection is based in Los Angeles and London. Many of the works in this exhibition will be on view for the first time. Press Release

Raphael and His Circle: Drawings from Windsor Castle
October 31, 2000-January 7, 2001
Through a collection of drawings that is among the world's finest, this international traveling exhibition from Windsor Castle celebrates Raphael as one of Western art's most influential figures. A pivotal artist of the Italian Renaissance, Raphael had a phenomenal capacity to absorb many influences, an unequaled sense of grace and harmony, and the organizational ability to execute large-scale commissions with a team of artists. His workshop in Rome enjoyed illustrious patronage and completed some of the defining projects of the High Renaissance, including the Vatican stanze and loggie for Popes Julius II and Leo X and the frescoes of Villa Farnesina for Agostino Chigi. This exhibition includes works by Raphael's teachers (his father, Giovanni Santi, and Pietro Perugino) and his followers (Giulio Romano, Perino del Vaga, and Polidoro da Caravaggio). A fully illustrated exhibition catalog by Martin Clayton, assistant curator of the Print Room at Windsor Castle, explores these drawings. The works forming the exhibition have been loaned from the Royal Library by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. This exhibition is organized by the Royal Library, Windsor Castle, in association with the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Raphael and His Circle: Drawings from Windsor Castle is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities. Press Release

Raphael and His Influence across the Centuries
October 31, 2000-January 7, 2001
To complement the rare exhibition Raphael and His Circle: Drawings from Windsor Castle, the Getty features Raphael drawings from its own collection. The show focuses on Raphael's impact on his contemporaries and on artists from subsequent generations. Arguably more influential than Leonardo and Michelangelo, Raphael's works have inspired students and masters throughout the centuries. This exhibition presents Raphael as a gifted teacher whose workshop assistants became distinguished and independent draftsmen. Drawings by Giulio Romano, Perino del Vaga, and Polidoro da Caravaggio are featured. Raphael's works were used as models from the 17th through the 19th centuries, influencing Nicholas Poussin, Peter Paul Rubens, and Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, among others. The drawings on display demonstrate the continuous appeal of Raphael and the multiple styles he inspired. Press Release

The Art of Giving in the Middle Ages
November 21, 2000-February 4, 2001
This exhibition of 20 illuminated manuscripts from the Museum's permanent collection explores the nature of gifts and the culture of giving in the Middle Ages. Gifts--often works of art of the highest quality--held an important place in ceremony and diplomacy, solidifying ties among princes and high-ranking clergymen. The exhibition sheds light on the motivations behind gift giving, the social and political nature of gift exchange, and the special role of books as luxury gifts. The exhibition features sumptuously illuminated books of history, scripture, and the Christian liturgy, originating in Europe and the Byzantine Empire and dating from the 11th to the 16th century. Press Release

Ancient Art from the Permanent Collection
Ongoing
Featuring works dating from 2500 B.C. to the 6th century A.D., this installation highlights Greek and Roman antiquities from the Museum’s collection. Included is a 5th-century B.C. limestone-and-marble statue of a goddess believed to be Aphrodite; a rare, early Cycladic harpist dating to 2500 B.C; and the Lansdowne Herakles, which was one of J. Paul Getty’s favorite works. The exhibition also features numerous works from the Fleischman collection, acquired by the Museum in 1996, including a magnificent bronze cauldron with a grinning satyr and a spectacular ensemble of jewelry worn by a Greek woman more than 2,000 years ago.

Future Exhibitions through December 2001

August Sander: German Portraits, 1918-1933
March 6-June 24, 2001
During the tumultuous post-World War I period of the Weimar Republic (1918-1933), many German artists were inspired by a new political freedom. Berlin became an international artistic center, and the country produced such cultural icons as the Bauhaus school, Joseph von Sternberg's film Blue Angel, Bertolt Brecht's Three Penny Opera, Thomas Mann's novel The Magic Mountain, and a new Realism in painting that reflected observations about contemporary government and society. In photography, the Cologne portraitist August Sander expanded upon his pre-war idea of systematically portraying all strata of German society. He had begun with the peasant farmers of his native Westerwald region, and then added portraits of tradesmen, professionals, industrialists, secretaries, artists, the unemployed, the disabled, and others. This exhibition not only surveys Sander's relentless portraiture of the 1920s and early 1930s, but it reveals the face of Germany immediately before Adolf Hitler's Third Reich.

To Create a Living Art: Nineteenth-Century Drawings
May 1-July 15, 2001
The multi-faceted art of drawing in the 19th century informs the conception of drawing in our own time. The exhibition of approximately 35 drawings highlights the Getty's numerous recent acquisitions of 19th-century drawings. Featured works include Pierre Bonnard's design for the poster Moulin Rouge, Gustave Courbet's Sleeping Bacchante, and Georges Seurat's Woman Strolling.

Illuminating Color
May 22-August 26, 2001
Color, one of the most basic ways to visually experience the world, has always been an essential tool of artistic communication. In manuscript illumination, color is used for its symbolic associations, for organizing compositions, for telling stories clearly, and for sheer brilliance of effect. Over time, shades of color were also used in radically different ways to model the human figure and to construct landscape. Drawing on highlights from the permanent collection, this exhibition examines these diverse functions of color as employed by medieval and Renaissance manuscript illuminators.

Walker Evans and the American Tradition
July 10-October 28, 2001
Walker Evans redrew the map of American visual culture in the 1930s by photographing what he believed to be the most common aspects of the American scene. His subjects were small-town main streets, homes inhabited by average Americans, typical modes of transportation, everyday styles of dress, and the environmental residue of a consumer-driven society. Yet he was not the first photographer in quest of the American spirit. Evans walked in the footsteps of pioneers of photography already active for more than 50 years who were also focused on typically American subjects. In addition to 35 Evans photographs, this exhibition includes approximately 75 works by other photographers of the American scene. They range from regional photographers such as the Langenheim Brothers of Philadelphia, Carleton Watkins of San Francisco, and Adam Clark Vroman of Pasadena to classic photographers of the first half of the 20th century such as Alfred Stieglitz, Lewis Hine, Paul Strand, and Doris Ulmann. Like Evans, these artists explored the quintessence of this country from their own unique perspectives.

Work and Play: Everyday Life in Drawings 1520-1820
July 31-October 14, 2001
From the Renaissance onward, artists were encouraged not only to depict the supernatural realms of the Bible and classical mythology, but also to use everyday life as a source of inspiration. This yielded a vast new fund of subjects, drawn primarily from the major forces governing the rhythm of human existence: work and leisure. This exhibition explores these themes in drawings from the Renaissance through the early 19th century, showing how artists cast an ever more intense look at the vibrancy of the surrounding world.

The Gladzor Gospels
September 11-December 2, 2001
This exhibition offers a rare opportunity to see more than 60 pages of the Gladzor Gospels, one of the masterpieces of Armenian illumination of the 14th century. It also introduces the manuscript's illuminators, and its place within Western European, Byzantine, and Islamic artistic traditions. The exhibition focuses on the particularly Armenian view of Christ's life expressed in the manuscript's miniatures. The manuscript is on loan from the UCLA Library's Department of Special Collections especially for this exhibition, which commemorates the 1700th anniversary of the founding of the Armenian Church.

Manuel Álvarez Bravo Photographs (working title)
November 13, 2001-February 17, 2002
Long hailed as one of the great masters of modernist photography, Mexican photographer Manuel Álvarez Bravo (b. 1902) blends an acute social consciousness with a poetic and often enigmatic sensibility. His work came into its own during the 1930s, following the social and political turmoil of Mexico's 10-Year Revolution. It contains both Surrealist undertones and a magical documentary reality. In the seven decades since the end of the Revolution, Álvarez Bravo has continued to make photographs that lend artistic and social insight to the complexities of modern Mexican culture. Selected from the Getty Museum's own holdings of rare photographs and from the collection of Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser, this exhibition traces Álvarez Bravo's evolution as an artist, from his early Pictorialist-inspired beginnings to his refined formalist style, and on to his later, emotion-driven imagery. This exhibition coincides with Álvarez Bravo's 100th birthday on February 4, 2002.

Posing for Posterity: Portrait Drawings from the Collection (working title)
October 30, 2001-January 20, 2002
This exhibition showcases the breadth of the Museum's drawings collection with 30 portraits spanning the Renaissance through the 19th century throughout Europe. The installation will include preparatory drawings for large-scale portraits, like Ingres' Study for Madame Moitessier, and will feature finished portrait drawings, meant as independent works of art. Valued since the 16th century for their intimacy and portability, these portraits demonstrate the continuous challenge of and fascination with the presentation of the self, for both artist and subject.

Devices of Wonder: From the World in a Box to Images on a Screen
November 13, 2001-February 6, 2002
Devices of Wonder explores the fascinating world of visual illusion, with the Getty Research Institute's collection of 18th- to 20th-century optical games, toys, prints, and ephemera forming the core of the exhibition. Additional materials include scientific instruments, rare natural history books, trompe l'oeil paintings, trick furniture, a Wunderschrank (cabinet of wonders), and Lucas Samaras' Mirrored Room. Imaginative, interactive installations reveal engaging and compelling apparatus that produce visual information on the stage, at the studio or laboratory, and in the home. Magic lanterns, miniature peepshows, panoramas, moving dioramas, stereoscopes, Jeff Wall's cibachrome light boxes, and computers display how the "natural" eye can be transformed through sensory technology. Conversely, the exhibition reveals how these optical devices brought about new forms of consciousness in different historical moments.

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PUBLIC PROGRAMS AT THE GETTY

PERFORMANCES, READINGS, AND EVENTS
Unless otherwise noted, events take place in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium at the Getty Center. Advance reservations for parking and seating are required; call 310-440-7300 (notice of cancellation is appreciated). Seating is general admission and reservations for free events are honored until 15 minutes before the performance time. Doors open 45 minutes before the start of the program. Parking at the Getty Center is $5.

Friday Nights at the Getty - This free series of insight and imagination features eclectic Los Angeles artists. The Museum's galleries are open on Fridays until 9 p.m. Call 310-440-7300 for seating reservations. Seating is general admission and tickets may be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit of four seats per reservation.

A.S.K. Theatre Projects presents LA:X (a work in progress)
Ten new plays by ten playwrights in one great show
To celebrate their 10th Anniversary, A.S.K. has commissioned ten-minute plays from ten writers who've worked with the organization over the years. LA:X writers include Neena Beber, Bridget Carpenter, Doug Cooney, Kia Corthron, Sarah Daniels, Julie Jensen, Carter Lewis, David Rambo, Annie Weisman, and Chay Yew. Timothy Douglas will direct this workshop which combines the work of each writer and actor, revealing radically differing dramatic styles and temperaments.
Friday, December 8, 8 p.m.
Encore Performance: Saturday, December 9, 3 p.m.

Gordon Getty Concerts - Concerts that enhance understanding of the Museum's collections and exhibitions. Tickets ($20) available through Tickets L.A. at 323-655-TKTS.

ODC/San Francisco Dance Company performs Raphael's Garden, an evening of premiere and repertory works to complement the Getty Museum's Raphael exhibitions.
Saturday, December 16, 8 p.m.

Video/Film Screening - Join Getty Scholar and director Péter Forgáçs for a screening of his video opera/documentary piece Free Fall. This film, winner of the Prix Europe Grand Prize 1997, maps the private history of a Jewish family in late 1930s Hungary, seemingly oblivious to the growing political storm about to engulf them. 75 minutes.
Friday, January 12, 8 p.m.

Spatial Dialogue - Photographer, video maker, writer and performance/conceptual artist Harry Gamboa, Jr. creates a multimedia performance piece about the architecture and space of the Getty Center. Friday, January 26, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Museum Lecture Hall. Seating limited to 160 people.

Sounds of L.A. 2001 - This free weekend concert series celebrates the city's diverse musical culture.

Katia Moraes and Sambaguru - Sounds of LA 2001 opens with two afternoons of sensuous sambas, choros, and afoxés by the brilliant Brazilian-born singer, Katia Moraes, who performs to the sublime rhythms of her talented ensemble, Sambaguru. Reservations required. Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28, 3:30 pm

FAMILY ACTIVITIES

Storytelling - Lively presentations of myths and legends related to the collections. Meet in front of the Museum's Family Room. No reservations needed.

English:
Saturday, December 2, 16, and 30 at 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m.
Saturday, January 13 and 27 at 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m.
Saturday, February 10 and 24 at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.
Every Sunday at 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m.

Spanish (if requested):
Saturday, December 9 and 23 at noon
Saturday, January 6 and 20 at noon
Saturday, February 3 and 17 at noon

Sign-language interpretation (accompanying storytelling in English):
Sunday, December 3, 17, and 31 at 11 am., noon, and 1 p.m.
Sunday, January 14 and 28, at 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m.
Sunday, February 11 and 25, at 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m.

Art Adventures for Families - One-hour gallery tours for children and adults to enjoy together include an introduction to the Family Room and a fun, activity-filled visit to the galleries. Meet in the Museum Entrance Hall, under the stairs. No reservations needed. Every Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. beginning in January.

Families visiting the Getty Center can enjoy a variety of other regularly scheduled activities, audioguide tours and the Family Room, which features "Picture Yourself," a playful view of portraits, along with game boxes and art kits to use in the galleries, picture books, computers, and other resources to make the most of your visit with children. Most family activities are offered in English and Spanish.

Getty Museum Spanish-Language Resources
The Museum offers a wide variety of services and programs in Spanish every day, including gallery talks, audioguide recorded tours, and the Family Room resources. Most family programs are offered in Spanish: storytelling runs on alternate Saturdays at noon, and weekend workshops are held monthly. For further information, call 310-440-7300.

ADULT COURSES AND ARTIST DEMONSTRATIONS

Artist-At-Work Demonstrations - See how Raphael used metalpoint, pen and ink, charcoal, and red chalk as contemporary artist Peter Zokosky demonstrates the drawing style of Raphael and techniques used by Renaissance artists in conjunction with the exhibitions Raphael and His Circle: Drawings from Windsor Castle and Raphael and His Influence across the Centuries. East Art Information Room. 1-4 p.m., Thursdays, December 7, 28, and January 4, and Sundays, December 3 and January 7.

Spheres of Influence: Raphael and His Art - Join Ronald Steen, art historian and educator, in this three-session course exploring the life, art, and visual poetry of the High Renaissance master Raphael. Presented in conjunction with the exhibitions Raphael and His Circle: Drawings from the Windsor Castle and Raphael and His Influence Across the Centuries. Museum Lecture Hall. Enrollment limited to 160 participants. 11 a. m.-12 p.m., Sunday, December 3, 10, and 17.

The Art of Fashion - This highly participatory two-part course, taught in the Museum galleries, will explore the costumes depicted in the Museum's collection of painting and sculpture. No previous experience necessary. Limited to 25 participants. To register call 310-440-7300. Sunday, January 14 and 21, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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LECTURES, CONFERENCES, AND SYMPOSIA
Unless otherwise noted, these events are open to the public and take place in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium at the Getty Center. Advance reservations for parking and seating are required; call 310-440-7300 (notice of cancellation is appreciated). The following events are free; parking at the Getty Center is $5.

Exhibition Lectures - These lectures are presented in conjunction with exhibitions on view at the Getty Center.

Past Presents: New Year's Gifts in the French Courts Around 1400 - Brigitte Buettner, associate professor, department of art, Smith College, explores a key ceremonial occasion in late medieval courts--New Year's Day or étrennes--during which sumptuous objects and works of art were exchanged as gifts among the ruling elite and between rulers and their courtiers. Presented in conjunction with The Art of Giving in the Middle Ages. Thursday, January 11, 7 p.m.

Two Views on Shaping the Great City: A Conversation Between Curator and Critic - Exhibition co-curator and architectural historian Eve Blau and cultural historian Carl Schorske discuss their views of the exhibition Shaping the Great City. Presented by the Getty Museum and the Getty Research Institute. Thursday, February 22, 7 p.m.

Artist Series - This ongoing series is designed to explore the Getty collection from the unique perspective of visual, literary, and performing artists.

The Care of an Art - Robert Pinsky, U.S. Poet Laureate (1997-2000), poet, translator, essayist, and commentator for the Lehrer NewsHour, will speak on the act of curatorship and the care and preservation of the arts with a special focus on poetry. A premier screening of the video documentary My Favorite Poem Project, which provides a curated snapshot of the American people through the lens of poetry, to follow. Thursday, February 8, 7 p.m.

Antiquities Series: Ancient Art, Material Culture and Identity - This lecture series explores the interplay of art, material culture, and social and cultural identity in the ancient classical world and the ways art actively defines and transforms identity. The central focus will be the role that art, artifacts, and visual representations play in determining ancient identities, both real and imagined.

An Archaeology of Nostalgia: "Little Greeks" Within the Roman Empire - Susan Alcock, associate professor of classical studies and research scientist, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Thursday, January 18, 7 p.m.

Issues in Conservation - This series of public lectures organized by the Getty Conservation Institute examines conservation issues from around the world.

Stonehenge and England's World Heritage Monuments - Christopher Young, head of world heritage and international policy, English Heritage, lectures on the challenges of designing sustainable conservation plans for England's World Heritage Monuments, focusing on Stonehenge and Hadrian's Wall. Presented by the Getty Conservation Institute as part of its Issues in Conservation series. Thursday, January 4, 7 p.m.

Point-of-View Gallery Talks - Unless otherwise noted, limited to 25 people per talk; sign up at the Museum Information Desk beginning at 4:30 p.m. Talks take place at 6 and 7:30 p.m. in the Museum galleries.

Artist Laura Lasworth discusses the exhibition Raphael and His Circle. Lasworth is a figurative painter whose work is considered spiritual and surreal. Friday, December 8.

Getty Research Institute Lectures/Conferences

Art Matters Lecture Series - A series of conversations with artists, dealers, and others about the changing California arts scene, conducted by Getty Visiting Lecturer and L.A. Times contributor Barbara Isenberg, who is the author of the new book State of the Arts: California Artists Talk About Their Work. The series complements the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's exhibition Made in California, on view from October 22, 2000 through February 25, 2001.

Barbara Isenberg interviews Billy Al Bengston, among the best-known artists once affiliated with the legendary Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles. Thursday, January 18, 8 p.m., Museum Lecture Hall

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NEWS AROUND THE GETTY

CONSERVATION

Meeting on Inorganic Consolidants-A meeting cosponsored by the Getty Conservation Institute and English Heritage will be held December 7-8, 2000 in London to discuss inorganic consolidants, specifically lime water, barium hydroxide, and artificial oxalates. The meeting's objectives are to identify questions about these materials and their application, and to develop proposals for future research and collaboration. An international group of conservators and conservation scientists has been invited, including representatives from English Heritage, the Institute of Archaeology, the National Museums

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