…and it never fails!
Over the years I have taken to the Getty Museum several hundreds students and it never failed to astonish all with the first gaze upon the magnificent building.
First – the fun one mile ride by the tram and before you know it you are surrounded by the beauty of the marble-enamel-traventine impressive buildings of the Getty Museum, a campus costing unprecedented 1.3 billion dollars. The deal was an open unlimited budget, a dream of all, but reality for the able architect Richard Meier.
And so he created a master piece museum, that goes beyond the museum itself and its exquisite collection; architect Meier created a unique anew museum style, a new approach, a new way how to see art. He decided to permeated our museum experience with well planned interruption. and this is you he achieved it: He build five museum buildings with pleasant courtyard and several gardens, pool, water fall, stream, meadow, coffee house, bistro..Once you are done with one part of the exhibit in order to see more, you have to go out, admire the beautoful vistas, order a glass of wine and then continue to the next building. And thus it is a different museum experience, experience with inconspicuously devised breaks helping your soul to take everything in and to live it, rather than only view it.
We all loved it all, from van Gogh Irises to Victorian furniture to Dagerrotype, from cappuccino to idling in the beautiful garden to wading in the stream or standing by the waterfall. It is the most fun museum of all and I am happy my students had an opportunity to see it!
School is not limited to the classroom, school can happen anywhere! And today, we chose it to happen in Getty. And boy, we learned, and boy we want to come back!