Exhibitions at the Getty

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Updated May 2021

Statue of Gudea, Prince of Lagash, Dedicated to the Goddess. Geshtinanna, about 2120 B.C. Unknown. Dolerite. Object: H: 62 × W: 25.6 × D: 20 cm (24 7/16 × 10 1/16 × 7 7/8 in.). VEX.2020.1.138. Musée du Louvre, Département des Antiquités orientales. Image © Musée du Louvre, dist. RMN-GP / Raphaël Chipault / Art Resource, NY

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Current Exhibitions:

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Royal Lion Hunt, 875 - 860 B.C, Unknown. Assyrian. Gypsum. Dimensions: Object: H: 95.8 Å~ W: 137.2 Å~ D: 20.3 cm (37 11/16 Å~ 54 Å~ 8 in.) British Museum [1849,1222.8] [1849]. Image © The Trustees of the British Museum. Accession No. VEX.2019.2.1

Assyria: Palace Art of Ancient Iraq

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 Villa
Media Contact: Desiree Zenowich | (310) 440-7304 | dzenowich@getty.edu
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Statue of Gudea, Prince of Lagash, Dedicated to the Goddess. Geshtinanna, about 2120 B.C. Unknown. Dolerite. Object: H: 62 × W: 25.6 × D: 20 cm (24 7/16 × 10 1/16 × 7 7/8 in.). Musée du Louvre, Département des Antiquités orientales. Image © Musée du Louvre, dist. RMN-GP / Raphaël Chipault / Art Resource, NY. VEX.2020.1.138.

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 Villa
Media Contact: Desiree Zenowich | (310) 440-7304 | dzenowich@getty.edu

Upcoming Exhibitions:

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

In Focus: Protest

Jun 29, 2021-Oct 10, 2021

We are reminded frequently of the power of photographs to propel action and inspire change. During demonstrations photographers take to the streets to record fast-moving events. At other times they bear witness to daily injustices, helping to make them more widely known. This exhibition of images made during periods of social struggle in the United States highlights the myriad roles protest photographs play in shaping our understanding of American life.

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

Mario Giacomelli: Figure-Ground

Jun 29, 2021-Oct 10, 2021

Born into poverty and self-taught as a photographer, Mario Giacomelli (1925­–2000) lived his entire life in Senigallia, along Italy's Adriatic coast. Soon after purchasing his first camera in 1953, he began creating humanistic portrayals of people in their natural environments and dramatic abstractions of the landscapes. Rendered in high contrast black and white, his photographs are often gritty and raw, but always intensely personal. Curated by Virginia Heckert. 

J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center
Media Contact: Valerie Tate | (310) 440 -6861 | vtate@getty.edu
Media Contact: Desiree Zenowich | (310) 440-7304 | dzenowich@getty.edu

Expanded Landscape

Jun 29, 2021-Oct 10, 2021

Photographs by Darren Almond, Susan Derges, Hai Bo, Richard Misrach and Toshio Shibata, among others, feature graphically abstract compositions, black-and-white or monochromatic renditions, elevated vantage points that eliminate the horizon, experimental techniques, or personal relationships with individuals who inhabit a landscape. These large-scale works from the Getty’s collection, all made over the past 25 years, resonate with Mario Giacomelli’s approach to landscape as seen in the concurrent exhibition Mario Giacomelli: Figure–Ground. Curated by Virginia Heckert. 

J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center
Media Contact: Valerie Tate | (310) 440 -6861 | vtate@getty.edu
Media Contact: Desiree Zenowich | (310) 440-7304 | dzenowich@getty.edu

Fluxus Means Change: Jean Brown’s Avant-Garde Archive

Sep 14, 2021-Jan 02, 2022

The Jean Brown Collection of Dada, Surrealism, and Fluxus was one of the first comprehensive collections on twentieth-century art at the Getty Research Institute. From Marcel Duchamp and George Maciunas to the international network of artists with whom she corresponded, this exhibition reveals Jean Brown’s intuitive and innovative collecting strategies as well as the relationships she saw among the works, connecting earlier avant-garde art to Fluxus, artists’ books, mail art, and multiples. 

Getty Research Institute at the Getty Center
Media Contact: Amy Hood | 310 440-6427 | ahood@getty.edu

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