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Current Exhibition

World War I: War of Images, Images of War
November 18, 2014–April 19, 2015
Getty Research Institute Galleries I and II

World War I: War of Images, Images of War examines the art and visual culture of the First World War—a conflict of unprecedented mechanized slaughter as well as a struggle over the cultural dominance and direction of Europe.

The exhibition juxtaposes the representation of the war in visual propaganda with its depiction by artists who experienced the brutality firsthand. Drawing principally from the Getty Research Institute's special collections, the exhibition features a range of satirical journals, prints, posters, and photographs as well as accounts from the front, including a war diary, correspondence, and "trench art" made by soldiers. Through such archival and graphic material, World War I: War of Images, Images of War captures the trauma of this first modern war.


Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Dance of the Maize God
February 1, 2015

Upcoming Exhibition

A Kingdom of Images: French Prints in the Age of Louis XIV, 1660–1715
June 16–September 6, 2015
Getty Research Institute Galleries I and II

Commemorating the 300th anniversary of King Louis XIV's (1638–1715) death, A Kingdom of Images features nearly 100 works from the Getty Research Institute and the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris.

During Louis XIV's reign, the French strategically deployed prints to promote their culture, art, and style, and prove to the world that the center of creativity resided in Paris and Versailles. From grand royal portraits to satiric views of everyday life, and from small-scale fashion prints decorated with actual fabrics to monumental panoramas of Versailles and the Louvre, this exhibition explores the rich variety of prints that came to define French supremacy in the era of the Sun King.