Exhibitions at the Getty

A Look Ahead

Updated Sep 2017

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Current Exhibitions:

Getty Museum Presents A Queen's Treasure from Versailles: Marie-Antoinette's Japanese Lacquer

Jan 23, 2018-Jan 06, 2019

A Queen's Treasure brings to the Getty precious examples of Japanese lacquer from the personal collection of the French queen Marie-Antoinette (1755–1793). Her collection of small lacquer boxes was one of the finest assembled in Europe, and she considered them to be among her most cherished possessions. The elaborate and costly works reveal a fascinating example of the queen's sophisticated taste and demonstrate the consistent level of achievement attained by Japanese lacquer artists during the mid-Edo period (about 1681–1764) when these pieces were created.

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Media Contact: Alexandria Sivak | 310.440.6473 | asivak@getty.edu

Palmyra: Loss and Remembrance

Apr 18, 2018-May 27, 2019

Between the first and third centuries AD, the inhabitants of Palmyra, an ancient Syrian caravan city at the crossroads between the Roman and the Parthian empires, embellished their tombs with distinctive funerary portraits. These vivid likenesses of finely dressed men, women and children, often accompanied by inscriptions naming local families, illuminate cultural exchanges taking place in the eastern Mediterranean. This installation presents sculpture from the collections of the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen on long-term loan to the Getty alongside historical engravings and photographs from the Getty Research Institute.

J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center
Media Contact: Alexandria Sivak | 310.440.6473 | asivak@getty.edu

Upcoming Exhibition:

The Renaissance Nude

Oct 30, 2018-Jan 27, 2019

Inspired by a renewed interest in classical sculpture and closer study of nature, Renaissance artists made the nude body ever more vibrant, lifelike, and central to their practice. Yet, pious European Renaissance society was troubled by the nude and its new sensuality—a conflicted response echoed in the world today, where images of nudity have become ubiquitous. This exhibition, with more than 100 objects by Da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Dürer, and others, traces the nude’s controversial emergence and its transformative effect on European art and culture.

J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center
Media Contact: Alexandria Sivak | 310.440.6473 | asivak@getty.edu

Underworld: Imagining the Afterlife

Oct 31, 2018-Mar 18, 2019

What did ancient Greeks believe would happen to them after they died? Organized around a monumental funerary vessel, on loan from National Archaeological Museum in Naples and recently conserved at the Getty Villa, this exhibition explores depictions of the Underworld in the art of Greece and southern Italy. Beyond tales of famous wrongdoers and rulers of the dead, the works on view highlight the desire for a blessed existence after death and the ways in which individuals sought to achieve a happier afterlife.

J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center
Media Contact: Alexandria Sivak | 310.440.6473 | asivak@getty.edu