Exhibitions at the Getty

A Look Ahead

Updated Jan 2018

David Sims British, born 1966 Yohji Yamamoto, Autumn/Winter 1995, 1995 Chromogenic print 88.9 x 71.1 cm (35 x 28 in.) Courtesy of and © David Sims EX.2018.7.1

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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.

J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center
Media Contact: Valerie Tate | (310) 440 -6861 | vtate@getty.edu
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Footed Fan-shaped Box, artist unknown. Edo period, late 17th – mid-18th century, Lacquer. Musée national des châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon. Photo: Thierry Ollivier. © RMN-Grand Palais/Art Resource, NY.

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.

J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center
Media Contact: Amy Hood | 310 440-6427 | ahood@getty.edu
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Ring with portrait of a Ptolemy wearing the Egyptian double crown, about 186 - 145 B.C., gold. Musée du Louvre. © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY. Photo: Hervé Lewandowski.

Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World

Mar 27, 2018-Sep 09, 2018

This major exhibition explores the artistic interplay between the three great cultures of Egypt, Greece, and Rome from about 2000 BC to AD 300. Highlights include finely crafted vessels sent by Egypt’s pharaohs to Crete and Mycenae, Egyptian statues that served as inspiration for the first Greek sculptors, striking portraits blending Egyptian and classical styles, and luxurious objects made for wealthy Romans obsessed with all things Egyptian.

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Media Contact: Amy Hood | 310 440-6427 | ahood@getty.edu
Media Contact: Desiree Zenowich | (310) 440-7304 | dzenowich@getty.edu
PALMYRA THUMB

The Beauty of Palmyra, 190–210. Palmyran. Limestone. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen

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
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Play-Doh (detail), 1994–2014, Jeff Koons. Polychromed aluminum. © Jeff Koons

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
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Iskandar Finds Khizr and Ilyas at the Fountain of Immortality, Page from a Manuscript of the Khamsa (Quintet) of Nizami (Iskandarnama or "Book of Alexander"), about 1485 - 149. Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper. Unframed: 22.5 × 15.2 cm (8 7/8 × 6 in.). Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Nasli M. Heeramaneck Collection, Gift of Joan Palevsky. Image: www.lacma.org

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
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Mary, Milwaukee, WI, 2014, Alec Soth (American, born 1969). Inkjet print. 40.1 × 53.5 cm (15 13/16 × 21 1/16 in.). The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Gift of Richard Lovett. © Alec Soth/Magnum Photos

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
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Yohji Yamamoto, Autumn/Winter 1995, 1995. David Sims (British, born 1966). Chromogenic print. 88.9 × 71.1 cm (35 × 28 in.). Courtesy of and © David Sims

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 one hundred-sixty 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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Andrea Bowers (American, b. 1965). Labor Is Entitled to All It Creates. Los Angeles: Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, 2012. Flyers and printed ephemera, Colby poster stock. Edition of 2. Los Angeles, Getty Research Institute, 3023-849. Courtesy of the artist and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. © Andrea Bowers

Artists and Their Books/Books and Their Artists

Jun 26, 2018-Oct 28, 2018

Artists' books occupy a creative space between traditional books and contemporary works of art, challenging what a book can be. This highly visual and experiential presentation of some of the most lively and surprising works from the Research Institute's extensive collections focuses on artists' books that can be unpacked, unfolded, unfurled, or disassembled. They are made to be displayed on the wall or deployed as sculptures or installations. The exhibition seeks to provoke new inquiry into the nature of art and to highlight the essential role that books play in contemporary culture.

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

Upcoming Exhibitions:

Masterful Likeness: Dutch Drawings of the Golden Age

Jul 24, 2018-Oct 28, 2018

During the 1600s citizens of the Dutch Republic enjoyed increasing political and religious freedom, economic prosperity, and maritime supremacy which ushered in a tremendous boom in art production. A newly flourishing art market prompted the making of vast quantities of finished drawings. Dutch artists created works on paper that proudly commemorated local citizens, architecture, landscapes, customs, and pastimes. In addition to these specific depictions of Dutch daily life, artists drew generic scenes with a high degree of specificity. By juxtaposing portraits of people and places with more generic types, this exhibition underscores the masterful likeness of the Dutch visual tradition. Drawings by Rembrandt van Rijn, Albert Cuyp, and Hendrick Avercamp will be featured as well as many new acquisitions by Gereard ter Borch, Willem Buytewech, and Esaias van de Velde.

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

All that Glitters: Life at the Renaissance Court

Aug 28, 2018-Dec 02, 2018

Images of courtiers feasting at lavish tables and knights in gleaming armor are emblematic of the Renaissance courts of Europe. However, life at court was governed by many codes of conduct. The monarch affirmed his political authority through pageantry, and even leisure activities such as hunting and jousting, were subject to strict social hierarchies. This exhibition explores how the luxury arts, from illuminated manuscripts to textiles, helped construct the identities of the court elite.

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

The Flight into Egypt: Drawings in Context

Sep 18, 2018-Dec 09, 2019

To celebrate the acquisition of Giandomenico Tiepolo’s The Punchinello Riding a Camel at the Head of a Caravan, this display showcases three drawings from the Getty Museum’s collection that reveal creative reflections of the biblical Flight into Egypt theme.

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

The Renaissance Nude

Oct 30, 2018-Jan 27, 2019

Inspired by a renewed interest in classical sculpture and closer study of nature, Renaissance artists made the nude body ever more vibrant, lifelike, and central to their practice. Yet, pious European Renaissance society was troubled by the nude and its new sensuality—a conflicted response echoed in the world today, where images of nudity have become ubiquitous. This exhibition, with more than 100 objects by Da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Dürer, and others, traces the nude’s controversial emergence and its transformative effect on European art and culture.

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

Underworld: Imagining the Afterlife

Oct 31, 2018-Mar 18, 2019

What did ancient Greeks believe would happen to them after they died? Organized around a monumental funerary vessel, on loan from National Archaeological Museum in Naples and recently conserved at the Getty Villa, this exhibition explores depictions of the Underworld in the art of Greece and southern Italy. Beyond tales of famous wrongdoers and rulers of the dead, the works on view highlight the desire for a blessed existence after death and the ways in which individuals sought to achieve a happier afterlife.

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

Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings

Nov 16, 2018-Feb 10, 2019

The first major international exhibition of the work of American born photographer, Sally Mann. The exhibition explores themes of family, memory, mortality, and the Southern landscape as repository of personal and collective memory. Experimental, melancholic, and hauntingly beautiful Mann’s photographs - many not exhibited before - expose how her relationship with the land has shaped her work and how the legacy of the South continues to permeate American identity. Curated by Mazie M. Harris.

 

Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts. 

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

Spectacular Mysteries: Renaissance Drawings Revealed

Dec 11, 2018-Apr 28, 2019

Comprising spectacular drawings from the Getty collection and rarely-seen works from private collections, this exhibition reveals the detective work involved in investigating master drawings. Many Italian Renaissance drawings tell stories of their creation and the purposes they served, yet sometimes even the most seemingly simple question – who drew it? – is a mystery. Discover what we know and don’t know, what we’d like to know, and what we may never discover about these intriguing works of art and their world. Curated by Julian Brooks and Jamie Kwan.

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

Artful Words: Calligraphy in Illuminated Manuscripts

Dec 18, 2018-Apr 07, 2019

The written word was an art form in the premodern world. Calligraphers filled the pages of manuscripts with scrolling vines and delicate pen flourishes, and illuminators depicted captivating narratives within large letterforms. These decorative embellishments reveal the monetary, cultural, and spiritual value placed on handmade books at the time. The alphabetic adornments in this exhibition enliven the content of a range of manuscripts—including sacred scripture, romance literature, and history—produced from England to Ethiopia over nearly one thousand years. Curated by Bryan C. Keene and Katherine Sedovic.

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

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