J. Paul Getty Museum

Festival a Family Affair at the Getty Center

Early-morning showers and threatening clouds didn’t keep families from coming to our most recent Family Festival, a celebration of Chinese, Indian, and Japanese culture. More than 7,600 kids and parents attended the festivities that took place throughout the Getty Center.

What did they do? Everything from having their faces painted like traditional Chinese opera performers to learning how to write calligraphy, with performances of dance, storytelling, acrobatics, and taiko in between. The activities were inspired by the exhibitions currently at the Getty Center, including Felice Beato: A Photographer on the Eastern Road and Brush & Shutter: Early Photography in China.

This was the first of three Family Festivals we’re planning this year. The next Family Festival is slated for Saturday, June 4, and will also celebrate Asian culture. But this time, we head to Cambodia for fun inspired by Gods of Angkor: Bronzes from the National Museum of Cambodia.

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      Messages on a Bottle

      Around the body in a very swirly script it reads “Pan e vin e va cantando” or “Bread and wine and merriment.” 

      On the bottom of the bottle an inscription adds, “kan’t Brood en […] Wijn niet doen? Wat Zouts kan’t Mael vergoên” or “If bread and wine fail to do so, a little pinch of salt can save a meal.”

      Calligraphy was a common hobby of the wealthy in the northern Netherlands in the mid-1600s. This bottle’s designer, Willem Jacobsz van Heemskerk, signed his name in more fancy lettering.

      05/03/16

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