Exhibitions

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  • The Life of Art: Context, Collecting, and Display

    Daily
    South Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center

    From the time an object is made until the day it enters a museum's collection, it may be displayed, used, and perceived in different ways. The Life of Art takes selected objects from the Getty Museum's galleries and encourages visitors to sit down and spend time with them, offering the opportunity to examine them closely to understand how they were made and functioned, why they were collected, and how they have been displayed. Through careful looking, what may be learned about the maker and previous owners of a French gilt-bronze wall light, for example, or the transformation in England of a Chinese porcelain bowl? Close engagement reveals the full lives of these works and why they continue to be collected and cherished today.

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  • The Scandalous Art of James Ensor

    Daily through September 7, 2014
    Exhibitions Pavilion, Getty Center

    This exhibition charts James Ensor's astonishing artistic development in the decade culminating with his avant-garde masterpiece, Christ's Entry into Brussels in 1889 (1888), a shockingly satirical indictment of modern Belgian society that is one of the Getty Museum's major highlights. The exhibition presents nearly 60 Ensor paintings and drawings from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp, along with a rich selection of the artist's drawings and etchings from the Art Institute of Chicago, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, and several other key lenders.

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  • Rococo to Revolution: 18th-Century French Drawings from Los Angeles Collections

    Daily through September 21, 2014
    West Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center

    This exhibition celebrates the art of drawing in France from the death of Louis XIV, in 1715, to the Revolution of 1789. During this period, when inventiveness was greatly valued, drawing exemplified the creative impulse perhaps more than any other artistic medium, contributing decisively to an aesthetic evolution from the decorative exuberance of the Rococo style to the linear austerity of Neoclassicism. The exhibition showcases works from the J. Paul Getty Museum and from distinguished private Los Angeles collections by such artists as François Boucher, Jacques-Louis David, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Jean-Baptiste Greuze, and Jean-Antoine Watteau.

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  • Minor White: Manifestations of the Spirit

    Daily through October 19, 2014
    West Pavilion, Lower Level, Getty Center

    Controversial, misunderstood, and sometimes overlooked, Minor White (American 1908–1976) was one of the great photographers of the twentieth century. His photographs demonstrate an understanding of the aesthetic and technical aspects of photography as well as its potential to be a medium of spiritual transformation. White's work as an artist, teacher, editor, and critic exerted a powerful influence on a generation of photographers and still resonates today. This retrospective exhibition features White's masterpiece, the eleven-print sequence Sound of One Hand (1965).

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  • Convergences: Selected Photographs from the Permanent Collection

    Daily through October 19, 2014
    West Pavilion, Lower Level, Getty Center

    By juxtaposing contemporary and historical photographs from the permanent collection, this exhibition proposes points of intersection between works created in response to shifting technical developments and aesthetic concerns. Whether related by direct influence or visual affinities of a more tenuous nature, groupings of images reveal the rich diversity of photographic approaches to subjects that have engaged photographers for the past century. Recent acquisitions by Vera Lutter, Loretta Lux, Scott McFarland, Yasumasa Morimura, Cindy Sherman, and James Welling, among others, are featured.

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  • Chivalry in the Middle Ages

    Daily through November 30, 2014
    North Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center

    Our popular understanding of the Middle Ages—with visions of damsels in distress and knights in shining armor—is dominated by the romantic ideals of chivalry. Manuscripts from the period reveal that the codes of behavior associated with chivalry permeated nearly every aspect of aristocratic life, from fighting techniques to courtly love. Drawn from the Getty Museum's permanent collection, this exhibition explores how elite members of medieval society practiced the chivalric arts to demonstrate their affluence and sophistication.

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  • In Focus: Tokyo

    Daily through December 14, 2014
    West Pavilion, Lower Level, Getty Center

    Although a kaleidoscopic vision would seem to be required to represent the hyperreal megalopolis of Tokyo, the four Japanese photographers in this exhibition have found a way to portray their city at a human scale. Mikiko Hara adopts a quiet, daylit, snapshot style for spontaneous portraits of her young contemporaries; Daido Moriyama haunts the burgeoning neighborhood of Shinjuku for fragments of nightlife; Shigeichi Nagano observes the interactions of community within a perpetually rebuilt environment; and Masato Seto focuses on the hard-won leisure of local couples escaping the cramped quarters of high-rise living.

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  • Yvonne Rainer: Dances and Films

    Daily through October 12, 2014
    Research Institute Galleries I and II, Getty Center

    Dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, and writer Yvonne Rainer is one of the most influential artistic figures of the last 50 years, not only in the fields of dance and cinema but in other artistic movements such as minimalism, conceptual art, feminist art, and postmodernism. Drawn from Rainer's archive at the Getty Research Institute, this exhibition surveys her major dance, film, and performance works through a lively array of photographs, scores, journals, ephemera, and audiovisual presentations.

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  • Drawing in the Age of Rubens

    Daily, October 14, 2014 - January 11, 2015
    West Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center

    This exhibition of Flemish drawings from the Getty Museum's collection bears witness to the flourishing of artistic culture in the southern Netherlands from the sixteenth to the seventeenth centuries. It features drawings made by Peter Paul Rubens and his most talented pupils as well as sheets by his contemporaries and predecessors. This survey of drawn landscapes, figural studies, and religious subjects from Rubens's time demonstrates the master's grand, synthetic vision as well as the dynamic tradition of his native Flanders. The exhibition complements the international loan show Spectacular Rubens: The Triumph of the Eucharistic Series.

  • Spectacular Rubens: The Triumph of the Eucharist

    Daily, October 14, 2014 - January 11, 2015
    Exhibitions Pavilion, Getty Center

    The Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens excelled at devising captivating large-scale compositions. During the mid-1620s, he designed a series of monumental tapestries for the devout Infanta Isabel celebrating the spiritual victory of the Roman Catholic Church. This exhibition unites the exhilarating designs in the collection of the Prado Museum, painted in oil on wood panel, with the magnificent tapestries—rare loans from the Patrimonio Nacional in Madrid. Characterized by exuberant energy, clever visual illusions, and an astonishing array of figures, the Eucharist series is one of the wonders of the Baroque period.

  • Josef Koudelka: Nationality Doubtful

    Daily, November 11, 2014 - March 22, 2015
    West Pavilion, Lower Level, Getty Center

    After photographing theatrical productions in Prague and Roma settlement camps across Eastern Europe, Josef Koudelka (born 1938) risked his life and career to document the 1968 Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia. His images of the event, smuggled into the West and reproduced worldwide, forced his exile. This exhibition—the first U.S. retrospective devoted to Koudelka since 1988—presents more than 180 works produced over six decades by this legendary photographer, including early photographic experiments, vintage Gypsies book prints and maquettes, and a selection of large-scale panoramas that he has made since 1986.<br> <br> This exhibition was co-organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago.

  • World War I: War of Images, Images of War

    Daily, November 18, 2014 - April 19, 2015
    Research Institute Galleries I and II, Getty Center

    World War I: War of Images, Images of War looks back on the art and visual culture of the First World War. This was a war of unprecedented mechanized slaughter, but it was also a conflict over the cultural dominance and direction of Europe. The exhibition demonstrates the distinctive ways in which each combatant nation utilized visual culture to help defeat its enemies and shows how artists developed their own visual language to convey and cope with the gruesome horrors they witnessed. Drawing principally from the Getty Research Institute's collections, the exhibition features a range of satirical journals, rare books, and prints, as well as firsthand accounts such as a war diary, correspondence from the front, "trench art" made by soldiers, and interviews with veterans, all of which capture the trauma of this first modern war.

  • Give and Ye Shall Receive: Gift Giving in the Middle Ages

    Daily, December 16, 2014 - March 15, 2015
    North Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center

    In the Middle Ages, gift exchange helped people define their relationships to family and friends, to acquaintances and strangers, to God and to church. This exhibition, drawn from the Museum's permanent collection, examines models for giving found in scripture and in the lives of the saints, explores how gift giving functioned in medieval society, and highlights the special role of the medieval book as a gift.

  • In Focus: Play

    Daily, December 23, 2014 - May 10, 2015
    West Pavilion, Lower Level, Getty Center

    The introduction of photography in 1839 coincided with major social and economic changes spurred by the Industrial Revolution and a burgeoning culture of leisure. In addition to documenting historic events, this new medium was used to record the everyday, including the many ways people spent their free time. With the advent of faster film and handheld cameras, dancing and carousing were captured with the same enthusiasm as moments of respite and quiet contemplation. This exhibition traces the development of the photographic subject of leisure through the works of artists such as Roger Fenton, Eugène Atget, Gertrude Käsebier, Brassaï, Larry Sultan, and Bill Owens.

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  • Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity

    Daily
    Museum, Floor 2, Getty Villa
    In 2003, the J. Paul Getty Museum acquired a collection of over 350 pieces of ancient glass, formerly owned by Erwin Oppenländer. The works on view in Molten Color are remarkable for their high quality, their chronological breadth, and the glassmaking techniques illustrated by their manufacture. The vessels are accompanied by text and videos illustrating ancient glassmaking techniques.

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  • Relief with Antiochos and Herakles

    Daily through May 4, 2015
    Museum, Floor 2, Getty Villa
    On loan from the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, a stele honoring Prokleides, a military officer in the Athenian army, is on view at the Getty Villa in a gallery (208) devoted to Religious Offerings. Carved in relief above a public decree are figures of Antiochos, the mythical founder of the tribe Antiochis, and his father, the Greek hero Herakles.

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  • Bronze Portrait of Tiberius

    Daily through September 22, 2014
    Museum, Floor 2, Getty Villa
    Following a year-long conservation project and subsequent exhibition, this over-life size bronze portrait of Tiberius from Herculaneum remains on view at the Getty Villa. Marking the two thousandth anniversary of Tiberius's accession as Emperor, the statue is displayed in a gallery devoted to Men in Antiquity (209). There he stands in the company of busts of other Roman emperors, including his predecessor Augustus and successor Caligula.

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  • Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections

    Daily through August 25, 2014
    Museum, Floor 2, Getty Villa
    Byzantine artists drew from pagan and early Christian foundations to fashion the opulent and deeply spiritual world of Byzantium (A.D. 330–1453). The establishment of Christianity as the state religion inspired the creation of luminous icons, textiles, architectural sculptures, frescoes, and mosaics to adorn basilicas throughout the empire. Prosperous monasteries produced illuminated manuscripts and preserved the legacy of ancient Greek literature, while private patronage fostered the embellishment of daily life. Nearly two hundred objects, exclusively from Greek collections, display the distinctive Byzantine aesthetic that influenced the artistic traditions of neighboring cultures for over a millennium. The exhibition was organized by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, Athens, with the collaboration of the Benaki Museum, Athens, in association with the J. Paul Getty Museum and the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

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  • Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville

    Daily November 19, 2014 - August 17, 2015
    Museum, Floor 2, Getty Villa
    Accidentally discovered by a French farmer in 1830, the spectacular hoard of gilt-silver statuettes and vessels known as the Berthouville Treasure was originally dedicated to the Gallo-Roman god Mercury. Following four years of meticulous conservation and research at the Getty Villa, this exhibition allows viewers to appreciate their full splendor and offers new insights about ancient art, technology, religion, and cultural interaction. The opulent cache is presented in its entirety for the first time outside Paris, together with precious gems, jewelry, and other Roman luxury objects from the royal collections of the Cabinet des médailles at the Bibliothèque nationale de France.

  • Dangerous Perfection: Funerary Vases from Southern Italy

    Daily November 19, 2014 - May 11, 2015
    Museum, Floor 2, Getty Villa
    Thirteen elaborately decorated Apulian vases provide a rich opportunity to examine the funerary customs of peoples native to southern Italy and the ways they used Greek myth to comprehend death and the afterlife. Displayed following a six-year conservation project at the Antikensammlung Berlin and the Getty Villa, these monumental vessels also reveal the hand of Raffaele Gargiulo, one of the leading restorers of nineteenth-century Naples. His work exemplifies what one concerned antiquarian described as "dangerous perfection," and the vases on view offer a window into the ongoing debate concerning the degree to which ancient artworks should be repaired and repainted.

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