Exhibitions at the Getty

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Updated Mar 2020

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. 

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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

Mar 18, 2020-Jul 27, 2020

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.  

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Media Contact: Desiree Zenowich | (310) 440-7304 | dzenowich@getty.edu
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Untitled, 1980s. Dora Maar, French, 1907 – 1997. Gelatin silver print. Image: 23.5 × 17.4 cm (9 1/4 × 6 7/8 in.) © Dora Maar Estate/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

Dora Maar (working title)

Apr 21, 2020-Jul 26, 2020

POSTPONED - Enigmatic and endlessly fascinating, Dora Maar (French, 1907 – 1997) generated iconic surrealist photographs, engaged with political organizations, and established a commercial studio in Paris—all before the age of thirty. Despite these achievements, her work remains overshadowed by her relationship with Pablo Picasso. This exhibition examines Maar in her own right, tracing her career from assignments and street photographs made in the early 1930s—often the foundation for her surrealist photomontages—to postwar paintings. It also considers the rich historical context from which Maar emerged. Curated by Amanda Maddox (co-curators Damarice Amao and Karolina Lewandowska, Centre Pompidou).

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Media Contact: Alexandria Sivak | (310) 440-6473 | asivak@getty.edu
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Bird-of-Paradise, adapted from Cobweb Houseleek and Bird-of-Paradise by Frederick J. Sansom, after Sydenham Edwards. From Sydenham Edwards, The New Botanic Garden, vol. 2 (London, 1812), pl. 53. Getty Research Institute, 2885-173. Gift of Tania Norris

The Botanical Imagination

May 19, 2020-Oct 04, 2020

POSTPONED - Fascination with botanical life has stimulated scientific and artistic imaginations for centuries. As botanists collected and documented local plants and faraway specimens, artists depicted blooms in gardens and bouquets. In black and white and in living color, images of blossoming flowers, medicinal herbs, and exotic flora evoke natural marvels. Curated by David Brafman and Christina Aube.

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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 26, 2020-May 30, 2021

POSTPONED - 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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Nude Woman with a Snake, about 1637. Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (Dutch, 1606 - 1669) Red chalk with white opaque watercolor. 24.7 × 13.7 cm (9 3/4 × 5 3/8 in.) The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Artists as Collectors

Jun 02, 2020-Aug 16, 2020

POSTPONED - 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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Media Contact: Valerie Tate | (310) 440 -6861 | vtate@getty.edu
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March from Selma, Selma, Alabama, negative 1965; print 1980 – 2010. Bruce Davidson American, born 1933. Gelatin silver print. Image: 21.7 × 32.8 cm (8 9/16 × 12 15/16 in.) Sheet: 27.7 × 35.4 cm (10 7/8 × 13 15/16 in.) © Bruce Davidson/Magnum Photos. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

In Focus: Election Eve

Jun 16, 2020-Nov 15, 2020

POSTPONED - Photographs play a powerful role in American politics. This exhibition features William Eggleston’s Election Eve, a two-volume photography book made as the country readied for the 1976 presidential race, alongside other photographs from past and present that prompt reflection on the democratic process. Images of politicians, protests, and patriotism offer a timely take on civic life and the public experience of anticipation just before an election. Curated by Mazie Harris.

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Media Contact: Alexandria Sivak | (310) 440-6473 | asivak@getty.edu

Power, Justice, and Tyranny in the Middle Ages

Jun 23, 2020-Sep 13, 2020

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

Upcoming Exhibitions:

William Blake

Satan Exulting over Eve, 1795. William Blake (British, 1757 - 1827) Graphite, pen and black ink, and watercolor over a color print. 42.5 × 53.5 cm (16 3/4 × 21 1/16 in.) The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

William Blake: Visionary

Jul 21, 2020-Oct 11, 2020

POSTPONED - A remarkable printmaker, painter, and poet, William Blake (1757–1827) developed a wildly unconventional world view, representing universal forces of creation and destruction—physical, psychological, historical—through his own cast of characters. By combining his poetry and images on the page through radical graphic techniques, Blake created some of the most striking and enduring imagery in British art. This major international loan exhibition explores the artist-poet’s imaginative world through his most celebrated works. Curated by Edina Adam and Julian Brooks. 

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Media Contact: Amy Hood | 310 440-6427 | ahood@getty.edu
Media Contact: Valerie Tate | (310) 440 -6861 | vtate@getty.edu

Powder and Light: Late 19th-Century Pastels

Jul 28, 2020-Jan 24, 2021

POSTPONED - In an age of formal experimentation, pastels offered artists a thrilling range of possibilities: an iridescent palette, a diverse array of textures, and a more immediate mode of working than oil paints. Late 19th-century pastellists achieved a range of effects, from the ethereal to the visceral. Tracing the evolution of pastels from Impressionism to Symbolism, this installation presents seldom seen works in the Getty collection by Degas, Redon, and others. Curated by Emily Beeny. 

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Media Contact: Valerie Tate | (310) 440 -6861 | vtate@getty.edu
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Self-Portrait with Grandchildren in Funhouse, 1955. Imogen Cunningham (American, 1883 - 1976). Gelatin silver print. Image: 22.2 × 18.5 cm (8 3/4 × 7 5/16 in.). Sheet: 25.2 × 20.1 cm (9 15/16 × 7 15/16 in.) © Imogen Cunningham Trust. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. 2006.25.2

Imogen Cunningham: A Retrospective

Sep 15, 2020-Jan 10, 2021

POSTPONED - 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. Curated by Paul Martineau. 

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

De Kooning’s Woman-Ochre: An Odyssey of Recovery and Conservation (working title)

Sep 22, 2020-Jan 10, 2021

POSTPONED - In the mid 1950s, Dutch-American abstract expressionist Willem de Kooning painted Woman-Ochre, part of his controversial Woman series. The painting was eventually donated to the University of Arizona Museum of Art, where it was on display until 1985, when it was cut from its frame and stolen, missing for the next 32 years. This exhibition picks up after the painting’s momentous 2017 recovery, highlighting its scientific analysis and painstaking conservation treatment. Curated by Ulrich Birkmaier and Tom Learner. 

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

Transcending Time: The Medieval Book of Hours

Oct 06, 2020-Mar 28, 2021

POSTPONED - 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. Curated by Larisa Grollemond. 

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

Rubens: Picturing Antiquity

Oct 21, 2020-Jan 11, 2021

POSTPONED - 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. curated by Davide Gasparotto, Jeffrey Spier, and Anne Woollett. 

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

Cy Twombly: Making Past Present

Dec 15, 2020-Mar 15, 2021

POSTPONED - American artist Cy Twombly’s engagement with classical Mediterranean culture, especially the art and poetry of ancient Greece and Rome, played a central role in his creative process. This exhibition explores Twombly’s lifelong fascination with the classical world through evocative groupings of his paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture made from the mid-20th to the early 21st century, tracing an imaginative journey of encounters and responses to ancient texts and artifacts. The presentation includes ancient sculpture from the artist’s personal collection, on public display for the first time. Curated by Richard Rand and Scott Allan. 

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

Lost Murals: Renaissance Rome to L.A.

Feb 09, 2021-May 09, 2021

POSTPONED - In Renaissance Rome, the facades of many prominent buildings were painted with spectacular narrative frescoes. Once part of the fabric of the city, only a few now remain. Using works from the Getty collection, including the celebrated “Early Life of Taddeo Zuccaro” series of drawings, the exhibition explores this extraordinary Renaissance phenomenon. Murals continue to feature in our cityscapes today but they remain vulnerable. One gallery highlights the design, painting, and destruction of artist Judy Baca’s 1984 mural, Hitting the Wall, in downtown L.A. Curated by Julian Brooks. 

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Media Contact: Alexandria Sivak | (310) 440-6473 | asivak@getty.edu

Mario Giacomelli: Figure-Ground

Feb 23, 2021-Mar 23, 2021

POSTPONED - 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. 

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Media Contact: Alexandria Sivak | (310) 440-6473 | asivak@getty.edu

Expanded Landscape

Feb 23, 2021-Mar 23, 2021

POSTPONED - 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. 

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Media Contact: Alexandria Sivak | (310) 440-6473 | asivak@getty.edu

Eighteenth-Century Pastels

Mar 09, 2021-Aug 05, 2021

POSTPONED - Pastels enjoyed a surge in popularity during the 18th century, when artists like Rosalba Carriera and Jean-Etienne Liotard carried the medium to new heights. Presenting works from the Getty collection by these pastellists and their contemporaries, this installation explores the physical properties of pastels and tells the story of their rising renown across 18th-century Europe. Curated by Emily Beeny. 

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

In Focus: Writing for the Camera

Mar 16, 2021-Jun 13, 2021

POSTPONED - 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. Curated by Amanda Maddox. 

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Media Contact: Alexandria Sivak | (310) 440-6473 | asivak@getty.edu

Persia and the Classical World (working title)

Mar 17, 2021-Aug 30, 2021

POSTPONED - 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. Curated by Jeffrey Spier, Tim Potts, and Sara E. Cole.

 

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

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. 

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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. 

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

In Focus: Sound

Jun 29, 2021-Sep 26, 2021

POSTPONED - By nature, photographs are silent images, yet photographers have long conjured sound through depictions of music-making, speaking, listening, and poetic insinuation. The photograph and the phonograph are both products of the 19th century that promised to record the otherwise ephemeral sensory perceptions of sight and sound. Drawn from the Getty’s collection, this exhibition includes works by known and unknown makers from the 19th century to the recent past that record the visual while also suggesting the audible. Curated by Karen Hellman. 

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Media Contact: Alexandria Sivak | (310) 440-6473 | asivak@getty.edu

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