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November 10, 2011

Getty Villa Offers Gallery Courses on Ancient Art and the Avant-Garde Artist

Complements the exhibition Modern Antiquity: Picasso, de Chirico, Léger, and Picabia in the Presence of the Antique 


Desiree Zenowich
Getty Communications
(310) 440-7304

LOS ANGELES—Delve deeper into the Getty Villa’s new exhibition Modern Antiquity: Picasso, de Chirico, Léger, and Picabia in the Presence of the Antique, with two gallery courses that explore the influence of ancient art among avant-garde artists.

On November 12, A Ruined Past Revived: the Avant-garde and the Antique examines how avant-garde artists found new meaning in ancient works of art, reinventing the Greco-Roman world in the present. Participants investigate the connections between classical art and modernist creations with educators Shelby Brown and Chelsea Hogan, then explore the galleries, looking closely and participating in activities designed to foster informed opinion and active enjoyment.

On December 3, Ancient Art on the Modern Mind: 20th-Century Reinventions of Antiquity will look closely at the exhibition Modern Antiquity: Picasso, de Chirico, Léger, and Picabia in the Presence of the Antique, which juxtaposes classical art with the innovative work of avant-garde artists who re-appropriated the classical past. Exhibition co-curator Jens Daehner and John Tain of the Getty Research Institute present the history of the exhibition, after which they lead a discussion in the galleries about the 20th century artists and the classical works of art that inspired them.

The courses take place at the Getty Villa in the meeting rooms and museum galleries from 1:00–4:00 p.m. The course fee is $35, $28 for students and seniors.  Seats are limited; to make a reservation, please call (310) 440-7300 or visit

IMAGES AT TOP (left to right): Sleeping Ariadne, 2nd Century. Unknown artist. Roman. Marble. San Antonio Museum of Art, gift of Gilbert M. Denman, Jr., 86.134.149. / The Soothsayer's Recompense, 1913. Giorgio De Chirico (Italian, born Greece, 1888 –1978). Oil on canvas. Philadelphia Museum of Art: The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950. © 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome

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The J. Paul Getty Museum collects in seven distinct areas, including Greek and Roman antiquities, European paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculpture and decorative arts, and photographs gathered internationally. The Museum's mission is to make the collection meaningful and attractive to a broad audience by presenting and interpreting the works of art through educational programs, special exhibitions, publications, conservation, and research.

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