Exhibitions at the Getty

A Look Ahead

Updated Oct 2017

European Painting 1850–1900 Gallery, J. Paul Getty Museum (detail), 1997, Robert Polidori. Chromogenic print. Courtesy of the artist in conjunction with The Lapis Press. © Robert Polidori

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Octopus Frontlet. Moche, 300-600. Gold, chrysocolla, shells. Object: H: 27.9 × W: 43.2 × D: 4.4 cm (11 × 17 × 1 3/4 in.). Museo de la Nación, Ministerio de Cultura del Perú

Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas

Sep 16, 2017-Jan 28, 2018

Golden Kingdoms, a major international loan exhibition featuring more than 300 masterpieces, traces the development of luxury arts in the Americas from about 1000 BC to the arrival of Europeans in the early sixteenth century. Recent investigation into the historical, cultural, social, and political conditions under which such works were produced and circulated has led to new ways of thinking about materials, luxury, and the visual arts from a global perspective.

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Media Contact: Amy Hood | 310 440-6427 | ahood@getty.edu
Media Contact: Desiree Zenowich | (310) 440-7304 | dzenowich@getty.edu
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Sin título (#8) / Untitled (#8), 1993. Graciela Sacco (Argentinian, born 1956). Heliograph print. 71.5 × 45.4 cm (28 1/8 × 17 7/8 in.) The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Purchased with funds provided by the Photographs Council. © Graciela Sacco

Photography in Argentina, 1850–2010: Contradiction and Continuity

Sep 16, 2017-Jan 28, 2018

From its independence in 1810 until the economic crisis of 2001, Argentina was perceived as a modern country with a powerful economic system, a strong middle class, a large European-immigrant population, and an almost nonexistent indigenous culture. This perception differs greatly from the way that other Latin American countries have been viewed, and underlines the difference between Argentina’s colonial and postcolonial process and those of its neighbors. Comprising three hundred works by sixty artists, this exhibition examines crucial periods and aesthetic movements in which photography had a critical role, producing—and, at times, dismantling—national constructions, utopian visions, and avant-garde artistic trends.

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Media Contact: Alexandria Sivak | (310) 440-6473 | asivak@getty.edu
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Objeto ativo (cubo vermelho/branco) / Active Object (Red/white cube), 1962. Willys de Castro (Brazilian, 1926-1988). Oil on canvas on plywood. Object: H: 25 × W: 25 × D: 25 cm (9 7/8 × 9 7/8 × 9 7/8 in.). Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros. Promised gift to the Museum of Modern Art through the Latin American and Caribbean Fund in honor of Tomás Orinoco Griffin-Cisneros

Making Art Concrete: Works from Argentina and Brazil in the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros

Sep 16, 2017-Feb 11, 2018

Combining art historical and scientific analysis, experts from the Getty Conservation Institute and Getty Research Institute have collaborated with the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros to examine the formal strategies and material choices of avant-garde painters and sculptors associated with the Concrete art movement in Argentina and Brazil. These works of geometric abstraction, created between 1946 and 1962, are presented alongside information on the way artists pioneered new techniques and materials.

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Media Contact: Alexandria Sivak | (310) 440-6473 | asivak@getty.edu
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Boy with a Basket of Fruit, about 1593-94. Caravaggio (Italian, 1571-1610). Oil on canvas.

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Caravaggio: Masterpieces from the Galleria Borghese

Nov 21, 2017-Feb 18, 2018

Photographer Robert Polidori, known for his images of architecture and human habitats, created a series of images of the Getty Center shortly before the opening of the multipurpose complex in 1997. As the Center celebrates its twentieth anniversary, this exhibition features behind-the-scenes views of the building and galleries as objects from J. Paul Getty’s painting, sculpture, and decorative arts collections were being installed in the Museum for the first time.

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Media Contact: Amy Hood | 310 440-6427 | ahood@getty.edu
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Study of a Rearing Horse. ca.1616. Jacques Callot. French, 1592 - 1635. Quill and reed pens and brown ink. 32.4 × 18.4 cm (12 3/4 × 7 1/4 in.) The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles TMS Object Status. Permanent Collection

Finding Form

Dec 12, 2017-Feb 11, 2018

Line by line and layer by layer, artists conjure three-dimensional worlds from two-dimensional sheets of paper. Selecting from an array of media and techniques—hatched ink lines, varying densities of wash, white chalk highlights—they generate form, likeness, and depth to create an arresting sense of presence. This exhibition features works from the 1500s to the 1800s, all from the Getty Museum’s collection.

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Media Contact: Valerie Tate | (310) 440 -6861 | vtate@getty.edu
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European Painting 1850–1900 Gallery, J. Paul Getty Museum (detail), 1997, Robert Polidori. Chromogenic print. Courtesy of the artist in conjunction with The Lapis Press. © Robert Polidori

Robert Polidori: 20 Photographs of the Getty Museum

Dec 12, 2017-May 06, 2018

Photographer Robert Polidori, known for his images of architecture and human habitats, created a series of images of the Getty Center shortly before the opening of the multipurpose complex in 1997. As the Center celebrates its twentieth anniversary, this exhibition features behind-the-scenes views of the building and galleries as objects from J. Paul Getty’s painting, sculpture, and decorative arts collections were being installed in the Museum for the first time.

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Media Contact: Alexandria Sivak | (310) 440-6473 | asivak@getty.edu
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Portrait of Gabriel Bernard de Rieux, 1739-1741, Maurice-Quentin de La Tour (French, 1704 - 1788). Pastel and gouache on paper mounted on canvas. 200.7 × 149.9 cm (79 × 59 in.). The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Pastels in Pieces

Jan 16, 2018-Jul 29, 2018

European paper was not manufactured in giant sheets until the nineteenth century. Competing with painters who worked on monumental canvases, eighteenth-century pastellists joined together multiple sheets of paper in order to create large, continuous surfaces. The piecing together of pastels, however, also served other purposes, allowing artists to paper over their mistakes or paste the heads of important sitters onto bodies posed by models. Matching each exhibited pastel with a map of its component sheets, this installation encourages visitors to consider how these objects were made.

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Media Contact: Valerie Tate | (310) 440 -6861 | vtate@getty.edu
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Study of a Mourning Woman, ca. 1500-05, Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475-1564). Pen and brown ink, heightened with white. 26 x 16.5 cm. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Michelangelo to Degas: Major New Acquisitions

Jan 17, 2018-Apr 22, 2018

The Museum recently made one of the most spectacular acquisitions in its history, purchasing a collection of sixteen drawings from a private collector. The group features exceptional sheets by many of the most celebrated draftsmen in European art history, including Michelangelo, Andrea del Sarto, Domenico Tiepolo, Goya, and Degas. This exhibition presents the drawings together with an exquisite painting by Antoine Watteau, La Surprise, acquired from the same celebrated collection.

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Media Contact: Valerie Tate | (310) 440 -6861 | vtate@getty.edu

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: Amy Hood | 310 440-6427 | ahood@getty.edu

Upcoming Exhibitions:

Outcasts: Prejudice and Persecution in the Medieval World

Jan 30, 2018-Apr 18, 2018

Medieval manuscripts preserve stories of faith, romance, and knowledge, but their luxurious illuminations can reveal disturbing narratives as well. Often created for the privileged classes, such books nevertheless provide glimpses of the marginalized and powerless and reflect their tenuous place in society. Attitudes toward women, Jews and Muslims, the poor, those perceived as socially divergent, and foreign peoples beyond European borders can be discerned through caricature and polemical imagery as well as marks of erasure and censorship. Curated by Kristen Collins and Bryan C. Keene.

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Media Contact: Valerie Tate | (310) 440 -6861 | vtate@getty.edu

Harald Szeemann: Museum of Obsessions

Feb 06, 2018-May 06, 2018

Harald Szeemann: Museum of Obsessions explores the life and career of the quintessential exhibition maker, from his groundbreaking involvement with the avant-garde movements of the 1960s and 1970s and his global contemporary exhibitions of the 1990s and 2000s to his personal reading of early 20th-century modernism. Drawn from materials in the Harald Szeemann Archive at the Getty Research Institute, the exhibition is structured as a surprising series of thematic interests: avant-gardes, utopias and visionaries, geographies, and grandfathers.

This exhibition features a satellite presentation, Grandfather: A Pioneer Like Us, on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA) from February 4 to April 22, 2018.

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Media Contact: Amy Hood | 310 440-6427 | ahood@getty.edu

Locomotive on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, near Oakland, Maryland, about 1860. Salted paper print. Image: 16.2 × 16 cm (6 3/8 × 6 5/16 in.). Lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1991 (1991.1151). Image: www.metmuseum.org

Paper Promises: Early American Photography

Feb 27, 2018-May 07, 2018

Paper Promises demonstrates the importance of photographic reproduction in shaping and circulating perceptions of America and its people during a critical period of political tension and territorial expansion. The exhibition traces mid-nineteenth-century experimentation with and exploitation of photography on paper, chronicling the ways in which concern about manipulation and duplication of paper photographs became tempered by enthusiasm for the social connectivity they offered. Rare photographs and negatives are featured alongside iconic images from the formative years of photography in the United States. Curated by Mazie Harris.

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Media Contact: Alexandria Sivak | (310) 440-6473 | asivak@getty.edu
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Models, 2016, Matt Lips (American, born 1975). Pigment print. Framed: 182.9 × 137.2 cm (72 × 54 in.). Lent by Bruce and Sharyn Charnas. © Matt Lipps

Cut! Paper Play in Contemporary Photography

Feb 27, 2018-May 27, 2018

Interaction with paper plays an integral role in the practice of many photographers working today. Some create paper models with images gleaned from current events, popular magazines, or the internet for the express purpose of photographing them. Others cut, layer, fold, and/or assemble representational photographs to introduce tactile or narrative elements. The exhibition features works by Thomas Demand, Christiane Feser, Daniel Gordon, Soo Kim, Matt Lipps, and Christopher Russell.

J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center
Media Contact: Alexandria Sivak | (310) 440-6473 | asivak@getty.edu

Rembrandt and the Inspiration of India

Mar 13, 2018-Jun 14, 2018

One of the most intriguing series in Rembrandt's oeuvre comprises his drawings made in the style of artists serving the Mughal court in India. Juxtaposing Rembrandt's depictions of Mughal rulers and courtiers with Indian paintings and drawings of similar compositions, this exhibition reveals how contact with Mughal art inspired Rembrandt to draw in an entirely different, refined style prompted by his curiosity for a foreign culture.

J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center
Media Contact: Valerie Tate | (310) 440 -6861 | vtate@getty.edu

Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World

Mar 27, 2018-Sep 09, 2018

Egypt, the most ancient of the Mediterranean civilizations, held a great fascination for the Greeks and Romans. This major international loan exhibition explores the artistic interplay between these cultures from the Bronze Age to Roman times (2000 BC–AD 300). The installation includes royal Egyptian stone vessels sent to Minoan Crete and Mycenaean Greece, Archaic Greek pottery and sculpture inspired by Egyptian models, superb portraits in Egyptian and Greek style created during Greek rule in Egypt, and remarkable religious images and luxury goods in made for Roman patrons in Italy.

J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center
Media Contact: Amy Hood | 310 440-6427 | ahood@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 Villa
Media Contact: Desiree Zenowich | (310) 440-7304 | dzenowich@getty.edu

Plato in L.A.: Contemporary Artists' Visions

Apr 18, 2018-Sep 03, 2018

Plato is one of the founding figures of Western civilization. His legacy encompasses ethics, politics, theology, and poetics. In this exhibition at the Getty Villa, a museum exploring classical art and culture, some of today's most celebrated artists consider Plato's impact on the contemporary world. In the form of sculptures, paintings, drawings, and large-scale installations, they respond to his contribution to philosophy—from defining the ideal to understanding the human condition—while fostering the ultimate Platonic experience: contemplation.

J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa
Media Contact: Desiree Zenowich | (310) 440-7304 | dzenowich@getty.edu

Pathways to Paradise: Medieval India and Europe

May 01, 2018-Aug 05, 2018

The pages of medieval manuscripts reveal a dynamically interconnected world filled with real and imagined ideas about foreign peoples and places. Buddhists, Muslims, and Christians living across Europe and Asia conceived paradise as a place of perfect harmony, but the path for locating such a site or achieving this state of mind varied between these religions. By exploring the terrestrial and celestial realms, this exhibition highlights the spiritual motivations for creating and owning portable and devotional artworks.

J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center
Media Contact: Valerie Tate | (310) 440 -6861 | vtate@getty.edu

In Focus: Expressions

May 22, 2018-Oct 07, 2018

The human face has been the subject of fascination for photographers since the medium’s inception. This exhibition includes posed portraits, physiognomic studies, anonymous snapshots, and unsuspecting countenances caught by the camera’s eye, offering a close-up look at the range of human stories that facial expressions—and photographs—can tell.

J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center
Media Contact: Alexandria Sivak | (310) 440-6473 | asivak@getty.edu

Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography, 1911–2011

Jun 26, 2018-Oct 21, 2018

This exhibition surveys the rich and varied history of modern fashion photography, exploring the ways in which photographers whose careers have been closely associated with the industry have shaped evolving notions of style and beauty. Drawn from the Getty Museum's permanent collection and supplemented by loans from private and public sources, Icons of Style features more than two hundred photographs presented alongside a selection of costumes, illustrations, magazine covers, videos, and advertisements.

J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center
Media Contact: Alexandria Sivak | (310) 440-6473 | asivak@getty.edu

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