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Exhibition Detail
The Last Days of Pompeii: Decadence, Apocalypse, Resurrection
17985 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Malibu, CA 90272


September 12th, 2012 - January 7th, 2013
Opening: 
September 12th, 2012 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
 
The Eruption of Vesuvius, Pierre Henri de ValenciennesPierre Henri de Valenciennes,
The Eruption of Vesuvius,
24 August AD 79, 1813 , Oil on canvas, 58 1/16 x 76 15/16 in. (147.5 x 195.5 cm)
© Musée des Augustins, Toulouse. Photo: Daniel Martin
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The Last Days of Pompeii addresses the potent legacy of the ancient city of Pompeii in the modern imagination.

The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79 destroyed yet paradoxically preserved the city of Pompeii and neighboring towns. Seemingly frozen in time, they are often considered the places where we can best access the daily lives of ancient Romans. While providing windows to the past, since their rediscovery in the early 1700s, the Vesuvian cities have also served as mirrors of the shifting present. For three centuries they have remained a constant obsession, inspiring foremost artists—from Piranesi, Fragonard, Ingres, and Alma-Tadema to Duchamp, Dalí, Rothko, and Warhol—to examine contemporary concerns, such as sexual identity, psychoanalysis, the nuclear threat, collective memory, and the nature of art.

The exhibition draws its name from Edward Bulwer-Lytton's 1834 novel The Last Days of Pompeii, a melodrama of Pompeian life set immediately before the eruption of Vesuvius. One of the most popular literary works of the 19th century, the novel transformed modern perceptions of Pompeii and inspired numerous works of art, several of which are on view in the exhibition.

This international loan exhibition is co-organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Cleveland Museum of Art in association with the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. The Los Angeles and Cleveland presentations are supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.


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