Exhibitions at the Getty

A Look Ahead

Updated Nov 2019

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Current Exhibitions:

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Gérard-Jean Galle (French, 1788 - 1846).  French. Paris, France (Place created). about 1818–1819. Gilt bronze; enameled metal; glass. 73.DH.76. 129.5 × 96.5 cm (51 × 38 in.)

Flight of Fancy: The Galle Chandelier

Apr 09, 2019-Apr 19, 2020

This display provides an in-depth look at a French chandelier made by the bronze caster and gilder Gérard-Jean Galle in about 1818-19. Resembling a hot-air balloon, the chandelier is a work of extreme novelty that includes the signs of the zodiac and a glass bowl intended to hold water for small goldfish. Following contemporary taste, Galle adapted motifs found in ancient art to new forms of furniture creating an intriguing object that was thoroughly modern for its time. Curated by Jeffrey Weaver.

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Media Contact: Amy Hood | 310 440-6427 | ahood@getty.edu
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[Self-Portrait with Camera], Man Ray (American, 1890 - 1976), 1932. American. Gelatin silver print. 29.2 × 22.9 cm (11 1/2 × 9 in.) Copyright: © Man Ray Trust ARS-ADAGP. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. 84.XM.1000.14

The Camera: In Focus

Jul 30, 2019-Jan 05, 2020

Once a simple wooden box with a primitive lens and cap for controlling light, the modern camera has undergone enormous change since its invention in the early nineteenth-century. Flexible film stocks, built-in light meters, motor drives, and megapixels are a few of the advancements that have transformed the way this ingenious device captures and preserves a moment in time. This display explores the evolution of the camera through the Museum’s collection of historic cameras and photographs. Curated by Paul Martineau.

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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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Jeanne (Spring). Édouard Manet (French, 1832 - 1883). French, 1881. Oil on canvas. 74 × 51.5 cm (29 1/8 × 20 1/4 in.). 2014.62
 

Manet and Modern Beauty

Oct 08, 2019-Jan 12, 2020

Édouard Manet (1832-1883) earned his place as the leading avant-garde painter of modern Paris through a series of provocative paintings that shocked contemporary audiences. The first exhibition ever to explore the last years of his short life, Manet and Modern Beauty highlights a less familiar and more intimate side of this celebrated artist’s work. Stylish portraits, luscious still lifes, delicate pastels and watercolors, vivid café and garden scenes convey Manet’s elegant social world and reveal his growing fascination with fashion, flowers, and the parisienne—for the artist, a feminine embodiment of modern life in all its particular, fleeting beauty. Curated by Scott Allan and Emily Beeny. 

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True Grit

Glow of the City, 1929, Martin Lewis (American, born Australia, 1881 - 1962). American. Drypoint. Image: 28.6 × 36.2 cm (11 1/4 × 14 1/4 in.). Sheet: 39.1 × 47.6 cm (15 3/8 × 18 3/4 in.) © Estate of Martin Lewis. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Purchased with funds from Russel I. and Hannah S. Kully. EX.2019.6.29

True Grit: American Prints and Photographs from 1900 to 1950

Oct 15, 2019-Jan 19, 2020

With works drawn from local museums, a private collection, and the Getty’s own collection, True Grit provides two vibrant surveys: one of early twentieth-century American printmaking and the other a complementary photography rotation. Compelling depictions of the time convey a broad view of American culture that include dance halls and boxing rings, skyscrapers and subways, parks and tenement apartments. Using innovative techniques, these American artists captured the gritty world around them and came to terms with modern life. It is curated by Stephanie Schrader, curator of drawings at the J. Paul Getty Museum, James Glisson, interim Virginia Steele Scott, Chief Curator of American Art at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, and Jim Ganz, senior curator of photographs at the Getty Museum.
 

 

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Camille Pissarro. French, 1830 – 1903. Shepherds in the Fields with Rainbow, 1885. Gouache and pastel. Sheet: 29.5 × 62.9 cm (11 5/8 × 24 3/4 in.) Framed: 40.8 × 74 × 3.2 cm (16 1/16 × 29 1/8 × 1 1/4 in.) Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Gift of Arnold S. Kirkeb

Peasants in Pastel: Millet and the Pastel Revival

Oct 29, 2019-May 10, 2020

Long associated with aristocratic portraiture, pastel had fallen out of fashion by the mid-nineteenth-century, when Jean-François Millet (1814 – 1875) turned the powdery medium to a quite different purpose: scenes of contemporary peasant life. This installation presents a selection of pastels by Millet and his followers, addressing the relationship between rural labor and urban collecting and encouraging visitors to consider how an artist’s chosen medium affects our understanding of his or her subject matter. Curated by Emily Beeny.

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Upcoming Exhibitions:

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Georges Trubert. French, active Provence, France 1469 – 1508. The Adoration of the Magi, about 1480 – 1490. Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold and silver paint, and ink on parchment. Leaf: 11.4 × 8.6 cm (4 1/2 × 3 3/8 in.) The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. 48, fol. 59

Balthazar: A Black African King in Medieval and Renaissance Art

Nov 19, 2019-Feb 16, 2020

Early medieval legends reported that one of the three kings who paid homage to the newborn Christ Child in Bethlehem was from Africa. But it would be nearly one thousand years before artists began representing Balthazar, the youngest of the magi, as a black African. This exhibition explores the juxtaposition of a seemingly positive image with the difficult histories of Afro-European contact – in particular the brutal African slave trade – which informed European artists’ interest in representing race. Curated by Kristen Collins and Bryan Keene.

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

Käthe Kollwitz: Prints, Process, Politics

Dec 03, 2019-Mar 29, 2020

This exhibition highlights extraordinary drawings and prints by Käthe Kollwitz (German, 1867–1945) from the Getty Research Institute’s Dr. Richard A. Simms Collection. Kollwitz created unforgettable scenes of struggling workers, rebellious peasants, and grieving mothers in series of works that reveal her innovative technical and formal experiments. Kollwitz’s commitment to showing the effects of war and poverty and her dedication to the creative process have made her one of the most compelling graphic artists of the 20th century.

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Anthony Hernandez, American, born 1947. Los Angeles #1. 1969. Gelatin silver print. 18.9 × 28.4 cm (7 7/16 × 11 3/16 in.) Mount: 34.3 × 40.6 cm (13 1/2 × 16 in.) © Anthony Hernandez

Unseen: 35 Years of Collecting Photographs

Dec 17, 2019-Mar 08, 2020

Commemorating the 35th anniversary of the Museum’s collection of photographs, this exhibition reveals the breadth and depth of the Getty’s acquisitions through an array of its greatest hidden treasures, none of which have been exhibited at the Getty before. Spanning the history of the medium from its early years to the present day, UNSEEN highlights visual associations between photographs from different times and places to encourage fresh discoveries and underscore a sense of continuity and change within the history of the medium. Curated by James A. Ganz, with Mazie Harris, Virginia Heckert, Karen Hellman, Arpad Kovacs, Amanda Maddox, and Paul Martineau.

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

Untitled [Self-portrait with Bare-chested, Tattooed Latino Man], 1986. Madoka Takagi (American, born Japan, 1956 – 2015). Platinum and palladium print. Image: 24.3 × 19.4 cm (9 9/16 × 7 5/8 in.) Sheet: 31.4 × 27.6 cm (12 3/8 × 10 7/8 in.) © Estate of Madoka Takagi. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

In Focus: Platinum Photographs

Jan 21, 2020-May 31, 2020

Revered for its velvety matte surface and neutral palette, the platinum process, introduced in 1873, helped establish photography as a fine art. The process was championed by prominent photographers until platinum was embargoed during World War I, but it attracted renewed interest during the mid-twentieth century from a relatively small but dedicated community of practitioners. This exhibition draws from the Getty Museum’s collection to showcase some of the most striking prints made with platinum and the closely related palladium processes. Curated by Arpad Kovacs.

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Media Contact: Alexandria Sivak | (310) 440-6473 | asivak@getty.edu
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Petra, April 14, 1858. Edward Lear (British, 1812 - 1888). Pen and brown ink with watercolor and gouache on blue paper. Image: 36.2 × 54 cm (14 1/4 × 21 1/4 in.) The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. 2008.45

Artists on the Move: Journeys and Drawings

Feb 11, 2020-May 03, 2020

Why did artists leave their homes behind? How did they use the medium of drawing to record their journeys? And how did mobility impact their draftsmanship? This exhibition, featuring works by Rubens, Canaletto, van Gogh, and Gauguin, explores such questions through a selection of European drawings from the Museum’s permanent collection, spanning from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. Curated by Edina Adam.

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Michelangelo Buonarroti, Italian, 1475 – 1564. Study of a Mourning Woman, about 1500 – 1505. Pen and brown ink, heightened with white lead opaque watercolor. 26 × 16.5 cm (10 1/4 × 6 1/2 in.) The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Michelangelo: Mind of a Master

Feb 25, 2020-Jun 07, 2020

Michelangelo (1475-1564) was one of the most creative and influential artists in the history of western art. This exhibition explores the full range of his work as a painter, sculptor, and architect through more than two dozen of his extraordinary drawings, including designs for celebrated projects such as the Sistine Chapel ceiling, the Medici Chapel tombs, and the Last Judgement. These working studies and sketches enable us to witness Michelangelo at work, and to experience firsthand his boundless creativity and his pioneering representation of the human form. Curated by Julian Brooks and Edina Adam.

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Painted Prophecy: The Hebrew Bible through Christian Eyes

Mar 10, 2020-May 31, 2020

Images drawn from the Hebrew Bible (known to Christians as the Old Testament) were among the most popular subjects for Christian illuminated manuscripts in the Middle Ages. This exhibition brings manuscripts that explore the medieval Christian understanding of Hebrew scripture into dialogue with the Rothschild Pentateuch, a masterpiece of the Jewish manuscript tradition. Together, these objects from different religious traditions demonstrate how the Hebrew Bible was a living document, its contents subject to interpretation dependent on time and place. Curated by Larisa Grollemond.

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

Mesopotamia (Working Title)

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
Dora Thumb

Dora Maar, French, 1907 – 1997. Untitled, 1980s. 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

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

Artists as Collectors

Jun 02, 2020-Aug 16, 2020

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

In Focus: Election Eve

Jun 16, 2020-Nov 15, 2020

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

Information to come. 

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

De Kooning

Jul 07, 2020-Oct 11, 2020

Information to come. 

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William Blake

Jul 21, 2020-Oct 11, 2020

Information to come. 

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

Pastel in the Late Nineteenth Century

Jul 28, 2020-Jan 24, 2021

Information to come. 

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