Future Exhibitions and Installations

The Getty Center

  • Gerard David: An Early Netherlandish Altarpiece Reassembled

    March 21–June 18, 2017

    Gerard David (about 1460–1523) painted some of the most compelling and technically exquisite works in the Netherlands around 1500. This exhibition reunites three parts of a remarkable altarpiece for the first time in almost a century: two dramatic wings (Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten Antwerp), which have been studied and conserved at the Getty Museum, and David's striking central panel, Christ Nailed to the Cross (London, National Gallery). The display confirms that together the paintings form one of the artist's earliest triptychs and presents findings from the project.

  • Concrete Poetry: Words and Sounds in Graphic Space

    March 28–July 30, 2017

    Drawn principally from the Getty Research Institute's collection of prints, artists' books, journals, and manuscripts documenting the international concrete poetry movement, this exhibition focuses on the visual, verbal, and sonic experiments of the 1950s, '60s, and '70s. Featuring works by foundational figures Augusto de Campos and Ian Hamilton Finlay, Concrete Poetry explores how these artists invented new forms such as cube poems and standing poems and continuously re-created their projects across media. Poetry by contemporaries including Henri Chopin, Ernst Jandl, Mary Ellen Solt, and Emmett Williams also plays a prominent role.

  • Berlin and Los Angeles: Space for Music

    April 25–July 30, 2017

    Berlin and Los Angeles: Space for Music celebrates the 50th anniversary of the sister-city partnership between West Berlin and Los Angeles by exploring two iconic buildings: the Berlin Philharmonic (1963), designed by Hans Scharoun, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall (2003) in Los Angeles, designed by Frank Gehry. Both buildings have captured the public's imagination and become signature features of the urban landscape of each city. Focusing on the buildings' extraordinary interiors, this exhibition brings together original drawings, sketches, prints, photographs, and models to convey each architect's design process. Berlin and Los Angeles demonstrates how the Berlin Philharmonic and the Walt Disney Concert Hall were pivotal in fostering a strong resonance between architecture and the city.

  • The Lure of Italy: Artists' Views

    May 9–July 30, 2017

    From the crumbling ruins of ancient Rome to the crystal clear light of Venice, Italy has fascinated travelers and artists for centuries. Painters and draftsmen have found inspiration not only in the cities but also in the countryside and in the deep history and culture. Visiting from France, England, the Netherlands, and Germany, artists drew sketches to preserve vivid memories, creating works of extraordinary atmosphere and beauty. Their Italian counterparts responded to the tourist demand for souvenirs by crafting their own masterpieces. Featuring works from the Getty Museum’s collection by R. P. Bonington, Claude Lorrain, Giovanni Battista Lusieri, and Canaletto, this exhibition captures the essence and spirit of Italy.

  • Eyewitness Views: Making History in Eighteenth-Century Europe

    May 9–July 30, 2017

    From Paris to Madrid and Vienna to London, from the Doge's Palace to St. Peter’s Square, Europe’s most iconic cities and monuments have played host to magnificent ceremonies. During the golden age of view painting in the eighteenth century, princes, popes, and ambassadors commissioned artists such as Canaletto and Panini to record memorable moments ranging from the Venetian carnival to an eruption of Vesuvius. This first-ever exhibition focusing on views of historic events includes over fifty works, many never seen before in America. Turning the beholder into an eyewitness on the scene, these paintings bring the spectacle and drama of the past to life.

  • Thomas Annan: Photographer of Glasgow

    May 23–August 13, 2017

    During the rise of industry in nineteenth-century Scotland, Thomas Annan ranked as the preeminent photographer in Glasgow. Best known for his haunting images of tenements on the verge of demolition—often considered precursors of the documentary tradition in photography—he prodigiously recorded the people, the social landscape, and the built environment of Glasgow and its outskirts for more than twenty-five years. This exhibition is the first to survey his industrious career and legacy as photographer and printer.

  • Now Then: Chris Killip and the Making of In Flagrante

    May 23–August 13, 2017

    Poetic, penetrating, and often heartbreaking, Chris Killip’s In Flagrante remains the most important photobook to document the devastating impact of deindustrialization on working-class communities in northern England in the 1970s and 1980s. Comprising fifty photographs—all drawn from the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum—In Flagrante serves as the foundation of this exhibition, which includes maquettes, contact sheets, and work prints that reveal the artist’s process. Now Then also showcases material from two related projects—Seacoal and Skinningrove—that Killip developed in the 1980s, featured selectively in In Flagrante, and revisited decades later.

  • The Birth of Pastel

    June 6–December 17, 2017

    This installation explores the evolution of pastel paintings out of colored chalk drawings from the Renaissance to the Rococo. Featuring works by Jacopo Bassano, Federico Barocci, Simon Vouet, Robert Nanteuil, Joseph Vivien, Rosalba Carriera, and Maurice-Quentin de La Tour, the display focuses most closely on the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century, when pastels began to rival oils—in their variety of color, their high degree of finish, and even their scale—as the preferred medium for stately portraits.

  • Illuminating Women in the Medieval World

    June 20–September 17, 2017

    From damsels in distress to powerful patrons, from the Virgin Mary to the adulterous Bathsheba, a wide variety of female figures populated the pages of medieval manuscripts. Virtuous women such as biblical heroines, steadfast saints, and pious nuns were held up as models for proper behavior, while lascivious women were warnings against sinful conduct. Female figures fulfilled the romantic role of lovers, the social and political function of wives, and the nurturing capacity of mothers. They were also creators of manuscripts, as women of great wealth and high status exercised their authority and influence by commissioning books—and sometimes even illuminating them.

  • Happy Birthday, David Hockney

    June 27–October 15, 2017

    To celebrate David Hockney’s eightieth birthday and his long and continuing artistic career, this exhibition features one of his most renowned photo works, Pearblossom Hwy., 11–18th April 1986, #2, along with a number of composite Polaroids that mark his photographic explorations of the 1980s. The show also includes a selection of highly creative self-portraits made in different media over the last sixty-five years, on loan from the David Hockney Foundation.

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