Future Exhibitions and Installations

The Getty Center

  • Renaissance Splendors of the Northern Italian Courts

    March 31–June 21, 2015

    The Renaissance courts of northern Italy, among the wealthiest and most sophisticated in Europe, attracted innovative artists who created objects of remarkable beauty. Princes and other nobles offered painters and illuminators favorable contracts and social prestige in return for lavishly decorated panels and books. These works prominently displayed their owners' scholarly learning, religious devotion, and elite status. Drawn from the Getty Museum's permanent collection of manuscripts, this exhibition celebrates the magnificent illuminations that emerged from this courtly context—an array of visual riches fit for the highest-ranking members of Renaissance society.

  • Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography

    April 14–September 6, 2015

    At a time when digital technologies offer increasingly sophisticated options for producing, storing, and disseminating images, a number of artists have turned their attention to exploring the essence of photography, distilling it to its basic components of light-sensitive emulsions and chemical development. These artists may use hand-coated or expired papers, archival negatives, or custom-built cameras, or they may eschew the use of a camera or film altogether. All revel in materials and process, employing darkroom techniques that shift our understanding of photography away from a medium that merely records the world .

  • In Focus: Animalia

    May 26–October 18, 2015

    Photographs of animals have circulated since the early history of the medium, initially focusing on those that were tame, captive, or dead. Advancements in camera and film technologies enabled precise recordings of beasts in motion and, eventually, in their natural habitats. Spanning the history of photography, this exhibition examines the expanding tradition of animal representation through the works of artists such as Horatio Ross, William Henry Jackson, Alfred Stieglitz, Frederick Sommer, William Wegman, Pieter Hugo, and Taryn Simon.

  • A Kingdom of Images: French Prints in the Age of Louis XIV, 1660–1715

    June 16–September 6, 2015

    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 power and prestige in the era of Louis XIV (1638–1715). During the Sun King's long reign, printmakers and publishers effectively deployed prints to promote French culture, art, and style. Commemorating the 300th anniversary of Louis XIV's death, A Kingdom of Images: French Prints in the Age of Louis XIV, 1660–1715 features nearly 100 works from the Getty Research Institute and the Bibliothèque nationale de France.

  • Andrea del Sarto: The Renaissance Workshop in Action

    June 23–September 13, 2015

    This major loan exhibition celebrates the transformation of the art of drawing by Andrea del Sarto (1486–1530), one of the greatest Florentine Renaissance artists. Moving beyond the graceful harmony and elegance of his elders and peers, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and Fra Bartolommeo, Sarto brought unprecedented realism and immediacy to his art through the rough and rustic use of red chalk and the creation of powerful life and compositional studies. Comprising rare drawings and panel paintings from key international collections, the exhibition fully illuminates Andrea del Sarto's inventiveness, creative process, and workshop practice.

    The exhibition was co-organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Frick Collection, New York.

  • Touching the Past: The Hand and the Medieval Book

    July 7–September 27, 2015

    Precious historical artifacts, manuscripts preserve some of the finest examples of medieval art. Seen in libraries and museums behind glass, these books have been largely removed from the realm of touch, making it easy to forget that their lavishly illuminated pages were once turned, stroked, stitched, and sometimes even sliced by generations before us. Drawn primarily from the permanent collection, Touching the Past: The Hand and the Medieval Book explores manuscripts as tangible, tactile objects that invited touch and were handled—reverently, carelessly, obsessively, and critically—by medieval audiences.

  • Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World

    July 28–November 1, 2015

    During the three centuries between the reigns of Alexander the Great and Augustus, artists around the Mediterranean created innovative, realistic sculptures of physical power and emotional intensity. Bronze—with its tensile strength, reflective effects, and ability to hold the finest detail—was employed for dynamic compositions, dazzling displays of the nude body, and graphic expressions of age and character. This unprecedented international loan exhibition unites about fifty extraordinary bronzes of the Hellenistic age.

  • Art of the Fold: Drawings of Drapery and Costume

    October 6, 2015–January 10, 2016

    This exhibition of drawings from the permanent collection explores how artists regularly employed drapery studies as part of the representation of the human figure. The expressive potential of drapery was often harnessed to convey a mood, such as religious fervor, surprise, or anger. The exhibition also addresses how various representations of costume indicate or mask status in the social hierarchy. 

  • The Younger Generation: Contemporary Japanese Photography

    October 6, 2015–February 21, 2016

    Several young Japanese photographers garnered attention in the 1990s, when their bold, colorful, often provocative pictures of themselves and their immediate worlds were collectively dubbed "girl photographs." This exhibition celebrates the emergence of five talented female photographers from Japan whose careers began in the 1990s and 2000s—Kawauchi Rinko, Onodera Yuki, Otsuka Chino, Sawada Tomoko, and Shiga Lieko. Selected series by these artists evoke the influence of Ishiuchi Miyako, whose work is showcased in the companion exhibition Ishiuchi Miyako: Postwar Shadows.

  • Ishiuchi Miyako: Postwar Shadows

    October 6, 2015–February 21, 2016

    Self-taught photographer Ishiuchi Miyako (Japanese, born 1947) stunned the Japanese photography establishment in the late 1970s with grainy, haunting, black-and-white images of Yokosuka— the city where Ishiuchi spent her childhood and where the United States established an important naval base in 1945. Fusing the personal and political in her work, Ishiuchi interweaves her identity with the complex history of postwar Japan that emerged from "shadows" cast by American occupation. Presenting photographs made over the last forty years, this exhibition includes Ishiuchi's most recent series, ひろしま/hiroshima, seventy years after the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

  • The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals

    October 13, 2015–Ongoing

    Elaborate artworks made of food were created for royal court and civic celebrations in early modern Europe. Like today's Rose Bowl Parade on New Year's Day or Mardi Gras just before Lent, festivals were times for exuberant parties. Public celebrations and street parades featured large-scale edible monuments made of breads, cheeses, and meats. At court festivals, banquet settings and dessert buffets featured magnificent table monuments with heraldic and emblematic themes made of sugar, flowers, and fruit. This exhibition, drawn from the Getty Research Institute's Festival Collection, features rare books and prints, including early cookbooks and serving manuals that illustrate the methods and materials for making edible monuments.

  • Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: Food in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

    October 13, 2015–January 3, 2016

    The cultivation, preparation, and consumption of food formed a framework for daily labor and leisure in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Illuminated manuscripts offer images of the chores that produced sustenance, cooking techniques, popular dishes, grand feasts, and diners of different social classes. Food had powerful symbolic meaning in Christian devotional practice as well as in biblical stories and saintly miracles, where it nourished both the body and the soul.

  • Woven Gold: Tapestries of Louis XIV

    December 15, 2015–May 1, 2016

    Colorful and glittering tapestries, handwoven after designs by the most renowned artists, were the ultimate expression of status, power, taste, and wealth. As patron, heir, and collector, Louis XIV (reigned 1643–1715), vastly augmented the prestigious French royal collection of tapestries. Displayed within his palaces while in residence and in outdoor courtyards on feast days, these monumental hangings embodied and proclaimed his magnificence. With rare loans from the French state, this major international loan exhibition, exclusive to the Getty, presents a selection of grand tapestries that evoke the brilliance of the Sun King's court.

  • Traversing the Globe through Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts

    January 26–June 26, 2016

    Embark on a kaleidoscopic journey through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to consider how illuminated manuscripts and other portable objects—like ceramics, textiles, glassworks, gems, and sculptures—contributed to one's outlook on the world in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the early Americas. Drawn primarily from the Getty’s collection of illuminated manuscripts, with complementary loans from collections across Los Angeles, the exhibition presents stunning and at times surprising images and a range of ideas about exploration, exotic pursuits, and cross-cultural exchanges in the then-known world.

  • Noir: The Romance of Black in Nineteenth-Century French Drawings and Prints

    February 9–May 15, 2016

    Beginning around 1840, French artists began depicting shadowy, often nocturnal or twilight scenes in which forms emerge and sink back into darkness. This quest for darkened realms accompanied an exploration of new forms of subject matter, such as dream states and nonidealized representations of the poor and working class, and new black drawing materials, such as man-made charcoal, black chalk, and cont crayon. Using drawings and prints from the Getty's permanent collection and loans from private and public Los Angeles collections, this exhibition examines how artists such as Rodolphe Bresdin, Maxime Lalanne, Odilon Redon, and Georges Seurat championed these new, dark subjects.

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