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Saving Alvar Aalto’s Paimio Sanatorium

Paimio Sanatorium, patients' wing and solarium terraces
Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Museum

A famed sanatorium in Finland gets a new lease on life More»

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A Tour of the “Triumph of Bacchus”

Monkey and camel in a tapestry of the Triumph of Bacchus
Monkey and camel in a tapestry of the Triumph of Bacchus. Tapestry courtesy Le Mobilier National. Photo: Amelia Brown

Bacchus and his retinue cavort inside a monumental tapestry More»

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An Italian Masterpiece Visits the Getty for Conservation and Study

Getty art handlers place Guercino's Jacob Blessing the Sons of Joseph on an easel.
Getty art handlers place Guercino's Jacob Blessing the Sons of Joseph on an easel.

A collaborative conservation project begins between the Getty and the National Gallery of Ireland More»

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Go Mad for Mosaics

Photo by Ryan Dickey, Watts Towers, 2009. Licensed under CC BY 2.0.
Photo: Ryan Dickey

Join us for #MosaicMadness to celebrate mosaics ancient and modern. More»

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Finding the Fleur-de-Lis in Art

Lidded Bowl on Dish / Sèvres Manufactory
Lidded Bowl on Dish, 1764, Sèvres Manufactory. Soft-paste porcelain with polychrome enamel colors and gilding, 4 7/8 x 7 3/4 x 6 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 78.DE.65

Exploring the royal iris of French art More»

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Confronting Myth and Misperception about Antiquities

Wearing headphones and holding a recording device, rtist Alan Nakagawa in the Outer Peristyle of the Getty Villa
Artist Alan Nakagawa in the Outer Peristyle of the Getty Villa

New project from artist Alan Nakagawa questions how we come to believe what we believe More»

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Keeping It Modern in Poland: The Conservation of Max Berg’s Centennial Hall

Centennial Hall, interior, 2005
Photo: Stanislaw Klimek, 2005. Museum of Architecture Wroclaw

A new conservation plan will support the life of a UNESCO world heritage site and marvel of engineering More»

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Eight Reasons to Look Forward to Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA

Marie Orensanz, Limitada, 1978, Photograph, edition 1 of 5, 13 3/4 x 19 11/16 in. (35 x 50 cm), Courtesy of the artist.
© Marie Orensanz

A peek at what’s in store in 2017. More»

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Your Questions about the Getty Gardens, Answered

Brian Houck

Our garden expert tells all. More»

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L.A.’s People and Places, Brought to Life in Watercolor

Getty Center Central Garden, watercolor. Courtesy of and © Tayen Kim
Getty Center Central Garden, watercolor. Courtesy of and © Tayen Kim

Illustrator Tayen Kim goes sketching at wonderful places. More»

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      Color for Healing

      This sanitorium (tuberculosis hospital) in Paimio, Finland, was designed by architect Alvar Aalto in the 1920s. Unlike many hospitals, it was full of bright colors—including welcoming yellow on the main stairs and calming green for ceilings above bedridden patients. Aalto even created special chairs to open the chest and speed healing.

      The building’s colors were mostly whitewashed later in the 20th century, but now—due to a grant from the Getty Foundation as part of its Keeping It Modern initiative—its colors are being reconstructed and the building preserved for the future.

      More of the story: Saving Alvar Aalto’s Paimio Sanitorium

      Pictured: Paimio Sanatorium, patients’ wing and solarium terraces. Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Museum. A color model for Paimio Sanatorium interiors by decorative artist Eino Kauria. Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Museum, 2016.Paimio chairs (Artek no 41) in the Paimio Sanatorium lecture room, 1930s. Photo: Gustaf Welin, Alvar Aalto Museum. Aino Aalto resting in a chair on the solarium terrace. Photo: Alvar Aalto, Alvar Aalto Museum, 1930s. Main stairs of Paimio Sanatorium. Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Museum.

      04/30/16

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