Exhibitions at the Getty

A Look Ahead

Updated Jul 2021

Nude Woman with a Snake, about 1637. Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn. Dutch, 1606 – 1669. Red chalk with white gouache heightening. 24.7 x 13.7 cm (9 3/4 x 5 3/8 in.) The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. 81.GB.27

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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. 

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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
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Support Systems, 1984. Todd Gray, American, born 1954. Mixed Media, 207 x 226.1 cm (81 1/2 x 89 in.) © Todd Gray. EX.2020.6.13

Photo Flux: Unshuttering LA

May 25, 2021-Oct 10, 2021

Photographs by 35 Los Angeles-based artists challenge ideals of beauty, representation, cultural capital, and objectivity. The artists in this exhibition, primarily people of color, have radically transformed photography to express their own aesthetics, identities, and narratives. Their work is foundational for an emerging generation of artists participating in the Getty Unshuttered program, which engages teens to seek photography as a platform to amplify social topics that resonate in their own lives. Guest curated by jill moniz.

J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center
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Armchair (Bergère). Georges Jacob, French, 1739 – 1814. Master 1765. Object: H: 99.1 × W: 94 × D: 76.2 cm (H: 3 ft. 3 in. × W: 3 ft. 1 in. × D: 2 ft. 6 in.) The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Silk and Swan Feathers: A Luxurious 18th-Century Armchair

May 25, 2021-Jul 31, 2022

The product of several craftsmen including a joiner (woodworker) and an upholsterer, this extraordinary French armchair embodies the era’s refined sense of comfort and style. Made in Paris for an elite patron, its sumptuous appearance is striking, from its deep, brocaded-silk cushion stuffed with swan and goose feathers to the gold foil on its brass tacks. Despite its fragility, the chair has survived nearly unaltered over the centuries. Curated by Charissa Bremer-David.

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Ariadne Discovers Theseus’s Departure, about 1493. Master of the Chronique scandaleuse. French, active about 1493 – 1510. Tempera colors, gold, and ink. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. 2021.7.13

Power, Justice, and Tyranny in the Middle Ages

May 25, 2021-Aug 15, 2021

Medieval power structures included royal courts, the church, city governments, and even universities. Although positions of authority were usually inherited, leaders were expected to embrace justice, a virtue associated with godly rule, and tyranny, a vice that ensured downfall and chaos. Social and legal hierarchies exposed in manuscript illumination underscore the tenuous place of women, the poor, and other “out-groups.” Examples of good and bad government reveal the constant struggle between base human instincts and loftier ideals. Curated by Elizabeth Morrison, Kristen Collins, Larisa Grollemond, and Bryan Keene.

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Nude Woman with a Snake, about 1637. Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn. Dutch, 1606 – 1669. Red chalk with white gouache heightening. 24.7 x 13.7 cm (9 3/4 x 5 3/8 in.) The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. 81.GB.27

Artists as Collectors

May 25, 2021-Sep 12, 2021

Artists were the earliest and greatest collectors of drawings. Celebrated painters including Giorgio Vasari, Thomas Lawrence, and Edgar Degas were passionate collectors, and their appetites for drawings by old and contemporary masters compelled them to acquire exceptional examples of draftsmanship by artists such as Raphael, Rembrandt, and Delacroix. Not just a tool for the making of works of art, drawings were valued as intellectual property, coveted rarities, and powerful status symbols. Curated by Stephanie Schrader and Casey Lee.

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Le mie Marche, 1970s - 1980s. Mario Giacomelli (Italian, 1925 - 2000). Gelatin silver print 19.7 × 28.1 cm (7 3/4 × 11 1/16 in.) The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Gift of Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser Mario Giacomelli Archive © Rita and Simone 2016.179.53

Mario Giacomelli: Figure|Ground and The Expanded Landscape

Jun 29, 2021-Oct 10, 2021

Mario Giacomelli: Figure|Ground

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. 

The Expanded Landscape

The contemporary photographers in this exhibition create large-scale works that expand our understanding of what landscape photography can be. Like Mario Giacomelli, whose work is on view in the concurrent exhibition Mario Giacomelli: Figure/Ground, they favor graphically abstract compositions, elevated vantage points that eliminate the horizon, experimental techniques, or personal relationships with a specific landscape. Among the photographers featured are Virginia Beahan and Laura McPhee, Hai Bo, Susan Derges, and Richard Misrach.

 

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March from Selma, Alabama, negative 1965; printed laterBruce Davidson (American, born 1933). Gelatin silver print 21.7 × 32.8 cm (8 9/16 × 12 15/16 in.). The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles © Bruce Davidson/Magnum Photos. 2018.40.9

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
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The Crucifixion, about 1340-1345 Paolo Veneziano (Italian (Venetian), about 1295 - about 1362) Tempera and gold leaf on panel Unframed: 33.9 × 41.1 cm (13 5/16 × 16 3/16 in.) Framed: 37.2 × 45.4 × 5.7 cm (14 5/8 × 17 7/8 × 2 1/4 in.) National Gallery of Art, Washington, Samuel H. Kress Collection, 1939.1.143

Paolo Veneziano: Art and Devotion in 14th-Century Venice

Jul 13, 2021-Oct 03, 2021

Paolo Veneziano led the premier painter’s workshop in late medieval Venice, producing work ranging from large complex altarpieces to small paintings intended for personal devotion. This focused exhibition reunites panels that originally formed a larger ensemble but are today scattered across different collections. This reconstruction, together with his other paintings, are set against the backdrop of the city’s uniquely cosmopolitan visual culture.

J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center
Media Contact: Amy Hood | 310 440-6427 | ahood@getty.edu

Upcoming Exhibitions:

Transcending Time: The Medieval Book of Hours

Aug 31, 2021-Feb 20, 2022

Manuscripts known as “books of hours” were among the most widely produced and used during the Middle Ages. These decorated prayer books not only structured time for their readers (over a day, a year, and a lifetime) but their creation reveals an increasing demand for private and personalized Christian devotion. Featuring masterpieces of medieval illumination from the permanent collection, this exhibition offers glimpses into the daily lives of their readers, the material features of luxury manuscripts, and the thriving late medieval book market. 

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

Holbein: Capturing Character in the Renaissance

Oct 19, 2021-Jan 09, 2022

The versatile German artist Hans Holbein the Younger created captivating portraits for a wide range of patrons, including scholars, statesmen, and courtiers, in 16th-century Basel and Tudor England. Holbein’s compelling drawings and paintings, enriched by inscriptions and evocative objects, offer eloquent visual statements of personal identity. Explore the splendid Renaissance culture of erudition, self-definition, luxury, and wit in the first major presentation of Holbein’s art in the United States.

Co-organized by the Getty Museum and the Morgan Library & Museum.

Supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center
Media Contact: Amy Hood | 310 440-6427 | ahood@getty.edu

Getty Highlights: 19th-Century Paintings and Sculptures

Oct 19, 2021-Jan 02, 2022

Works by Van Gogh, Monet, Rodin, and many others feature in a special presentation of 19th-century European paintings and sculptures from the permanent collection. Prompted by the temporary closure of the West Pavilion paintings galleries for renovations, this exhibition sparks surprising new dialogues between works that are normally shown in separate galleries because of their date, national origin, or style.  

J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center
Media Contact: Amy Hood | 310 440-6427 | ahood@getty.edu

Rubens: Picturing Antiquity

Nov 10, 2021-Jan 24, 2022

A passion for the art and literature of classical antiquity inspired the dynamic Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640). Presented amidst the antiquities collection at the Getty Villa, this exhibition juxtaposes the artist’s exhilarating drawings, oil sketches, and monumental paintings with rarely shown ancient objects, including exquisite gems owned by Rubens himself. Heroic nudes, fierce hunts, splendid military processions, and Bacchic revels attest to the artist’s extraordinary ability to translate an array of sources into new subjects.

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

La Surprise: Watteau in Los Angeles

Nov 23, 2021-Feb 20, 2022

Graceful scenes of courtship, music and dance, strolling lovers and theatrical characters: this is the imaginary world conjured by the greatest French painter and draftsman of the 18th century, Antoine Watteau. Los Angeles is home to an extraordinary group of Watteau’s works. This focused exhibition, marking the 300th anniversary of the artist’s death, brings together a dozen of them from public and private collections and celebrates the Getty’s recent acquisition of an exquisite example: the painting La Surprise.

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

Grand Design: 17th-Century French Drawings

Feb 08, 2022-May 01, 2022

The visual arts flourished in 17th-century France during a period known as the Grand Siècle or “great age.” 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 intellectual striving, courtly splendor, and violent political upheaval.

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

Poussin and the Dance

Feb 15, 2022-May 08, 2022

Nicolas Poussin was the most influential French painter of the 17th century, and an artist fascinated by dance. Portraying dancing nymphs and satyrs, he drew inspiration from ancient Greek and Roman sculpture but evolved a style all his own. He envisioned dramatic—even violent—action with a choreographer’s eye. This exhibition considers Poussin’s dancing pictures through the dual lenses of art history and contemporary dance, establishing a dialogue between the old master’s work and new dances on film by LA choreographers.

J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center
Media Contact: Amy Hood | 310 440-6427 | ahood@getty.edu
Media Contact: Valerie Tate | (310) 440 -6861 | vtate@getty.edu

In Focus: Writing for the Camera

Feb 22, 2022-May 29, 2022

By definition, the medium of photography—a word that means “light writing”—maintains a close relationship with writing. This one-gallery exhibition, drawn largely from the Getty’s collection, considers how various photographers active since the 1970s have represented the connection between writing and photography in images that showcase the performative nature of these mediums.

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

Imogen Cunningham

Mar 08, 2022-Jun 12, 2022

Imogen Cunningham (American, 1883–1976) enjoyed a long career as a photographer, creating a diverse body of work that underscores her vision, versatility, and commitment to the medium. The first major retrospective in the United States in more than 35 years, this exhibition brings together her insightful portraits, elegant flower and plant studies, poignant street pictures, and groundbreaking nudes in a visual celebration of Cunningham's immense contribution to the history of 20th-century photography.

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

Persia: Ancient Iran and the Classical World

Apr 06, 2022-Aug 08, 2022

For over a millennium, from around 650 B.C. to A.D. 650, ancient Greece and Rome had a tumultuous relationship with their neighbors to the east: the Medes, Persians, Parthians, and Sasanians of ancient Iran. This exhibition explores the artistic and cultural connections between these rival powers through royal sculpture, spectacular luxury objects, religious images, and historical documents, assembled from major museums in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.

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

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