Exhibitions at the Getty

A Look Ahead

Updated Sep 2017

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Current Exhibitions:

Magnificent Assyrian Palace Reliefs on View at the Getty Villa

Oct 02, 2019-Sep 05, 2022

Assyrian kings in the ninth to seventh centuries B.C. decorated their palaces with masterful relief sculptures that represent a high point of Mesopotamian art, both for their artistic quality and sophistication and for their vivid depictions of warfare, rituals, mythology, hunting, and other aspects of Assyrian court life. The importance of these ancient treasures has only increased with the recent destruction, by ISIS, of many of the reliefs that remained in Iraq. Curated by Timothy Potts, assisted by Sara Cole. 

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

Getty Museum Presents Mesopotamia: Civilization Begins

Apr 21, 2021-Aug 16, 2021

Mesopotamia—the “land between the rivers” in modern-day Iraq—was home to the ancient Sumerians, Babylonians and Assyrians. Among their many achievements are the creation of the earliest known script (cuneiform), the formation of the first cities, the development of advanced astronomical and mathematical knowledge, and spectacular artistic and literary achievements. The exhibition covers three millennia from the first cities in about 3200 B.C. to Alexander the Great’s conquest of Babylon in 331 B.C. Curated by Timothy Potts and Ariane Thomas, Musee du Louvre, assisted by Jens Daehner and Sara Cole.  

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

Upcoming Exhibition:

Poussin and the Dance (working title)

Jun 08, 2021-Aug 29, 2021

POSTPONED - Nicolas Poussin was the founder of the French classical tradition, a hero for subsequent artists from Le Brun to Cézanne. In the 1620s and 1630s, he turned to the theme of dance, drawing inspiration from antique reliefs to portray frolicking satyrs and nymphs. The resulting paintings and drawings are among his most beautiful and engaging. Assembled here for the first time, they allow us to consider Poussin through the lens of dance: a universal human impulse. Curated by Emily Beeny. 

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

Grand Design: 17th-Century French Drawings

Jun 08, 2021-Aug 29, 2021

POSTPONED - The visual arts flourished in 17th-century France during a period known as the Grand Siècle or golden age of France. Presenting works from the Getty collection made by French draftsmen across the century, this exhibition includes drawings made for many different purposes: designs for ceiling paintings, altarpieces, sculptures, and prints; sketches made outdoors; and academic studies drawn in the studio. Together they testify to an era of courtly splendor, intellectual striving, and political upheaval. Curated by Emily Beeny. 

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