The Getty Center
A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography
February 4–June 8, 2014
In 1839, just two years after Victoria became queen of Great Britain and Ireland, the medium of photography was announced to the world. This exhibition explores the relationship between the new art and the young queen, whose passion for collecting photographs began in the 1840s and whose photographic image became synonymous with an entire age. With important loans from The Royal Collection shown alongside masterpieces from the Getty Museum, the exhibition displays rare daguerreotypes, private portraits of the Royal Family, and a selection of prints by early masters such as William Henry Fox Talbot, Roger Fenton, and Julia Margaret Cameron.
Hiroshi Sugimoto: Past Tense
February 4–June 8, 2014
Since the mid-1970s, Hiroshi Sugimoto (born 1948) has used photography to investigate how history filters down to the present. This exhibition brings together three series by the artist—habitat dioramas, wax portraits, and early photographic negatives—that present objects of historical and cultural significance from various museum collections. By photographing subjects that reimagine or record moments from history, Sugimoto illuminates the medium's inextricable relationship to the past.
Jackson Pollock's Mural
March 11–June 1, 2014
Commissioned by art collector and dealer Peggy Guggenheim for the entry to her New York City apartment in 1943, Mural by Jackson Pollock (American, 1912–1956) is now considered one of the iconic paintings of the twentieth century. Following extensive study and treatment at the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Getty Conservation Institute, this exhibition presents the newly restored work alongside findings from the Getty's research. It explores a transitional moment in Pollock's career, as he moved toward the experimental application of paint that would become the hallmark of his technique.
Hatched! Creating Form with Line
March 11–June 1, 2014
Celebrating the art of hatching—closelydrawn parallel lines that suggest relief or shadow—this exhibition includes powerful examples from the Getty Museum's drawings collection by artists as diverse as Leonardo da Vinci and Vincent van Gogh. One of the most basic and timeless artistic techniques, hatching can create the immediate illusion of threedimensional solidity on a twodimensional sheet of paper. Extremely versatile, it can also be used to give the impression of movement or speed.
In Focus: Ansel Adams
March 18–July 20, 2014
In the 1970s, Ansel Adams—internationally renowned photographer and conservationist—sought to preserve his archive for future generations by creating the "Ansel Adams Museum Set," a portfolio of his greatest work. Inspired by the recent acquisition of a "Museum Set," this exhibition also includes earlier works by Adams from the Museum's permanent collection, offering visitors an opportunity to view changes in Adams's printing styles and an understanding of the photographer's assessment of his life's work.
East Meets West: Byzantine Illumination at the Cultural Crossroads
March 25–June 22, 2014
The glittering courts of the Byzantine Empire (A.D. 330–1453) have long been admired for their rich tradition of manuscript illumination. The prominent use of gold, a striking sense of naturalism, and a distinctive spiritual character were among the widely celebrated aspects of Byzantine art in the Middle Ages. These qualities inspired artists and patrons in other Christian locales, including western Europe, Armenia, and Ethiopia. Primarily drawn from the Getty Museum's collection, this exhibition also features important loans in partnership with Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections, on view at the Getty Villa from April 9 through August 25, 2014.
The Scandalous Art of James Ensor
June 10–August 31, 2014
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 more than thirty Ensor paintings 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.
The Getty Villa
Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections
April 9–August 25, 2014
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 illuminated sacred manuscripts and preserved monuments of Greek literature, while private patronage fostered the embellishment of daily life. 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.