The Getty Center
Transcending Time: The Medieval Book of Hours
August 31, 2021–February 20, 2022
Manuscripts known as “books of hours” were among the most widely produced and used during the Middle Ages. These decorated prayer books not only structured time for their readers (over a day, a year, and a lifetime) but their creation reveals an increasing demand for private and personalized Christian devotion. Featuring masterpieces of medieval illumination from the permanent collection, this exhibition offers glimpses into the daily lives of their readers, the material features of luxury manuscripts, and the thriving late medieval book market.
Fluxus Means Change: Jean Brown's Avant-Garde Archive
September 14, 2021–January 2, 2022
The Jean Brown Collection of Dada, Surrealism, and Fluxus was one of the first comprehensive collections on twentieth-century art at the Getty Research Institute. From Marcel Duchamp and George Maciunas to the international network of artists with whom she corresponded, this exhibition reveals Jean Brown's intuitive and innovative collecting strategies as well as the relationships she saw among the works, connecting earlier avant-garde art to Fluxus, artists' books, mail art, and multiples.
Getty Highlights: 19th-Century Paintings and Sculptures
October 19, 2021–January 2, 2022
Works by Van Gogh, Monet, Rodin, and many others feature in a special presentation of 19th-century European paintings and sculptures from the permanent collection. Prompted by the temporary closure of the West Pavilion paintings galleries for renovations, this exhibition sparks surprising new dialogues between works that are normally shown in separate galleries because of their date, national origin, or style.
Holbein: Capturing Character in the Renaissance
October 19, 2021–January 9, 2022
The versatile German artist Hans Holbein the Younger created captivating portraits for a wide range of patrons, including scholars, statesmen, and courtiers, in 16th-century Basel and Tudor England. Holbein’s compelling drawings and paintings, enriched by inscriptions and evocative objects, offer eloquent visual statements of personal identity. Explore the splendid Renaissance culture of erudition, self-definition, luxury, and wit in the first major presentation of Holbein’s art in the United States.
Co-organized by the Getty Museum and the Morgan Library & Museum.
Supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
La Surprise: Watteau in Los Angeles
November 23, 2021–February 20, 2022
Graceful scenes of courtship, music and dance, strolling lovers and theatrical characters: this is the imaginary world conjured by the greatest French painter and draftsman of the 18th century, Antoine Watteau. Los Angeles is home to an extraordinary group of Watteau’s works. This focused exhibition, marking the 300th anniversary of the artist’s death, brings together a dozen of them from public and private collections and celebrates the Getty’s recent acquisition of an exquisite example: the painting La Surprise.
Grand Design: 17th-Century French Drawings
February 8–May 1, 2022
The visual arts flourished in 17th-century France during a period known as the Grand Siècle or golden age of France. Presenting works from the Getty collection made by French draftsmen across the century, this exhibition includes drawings made for many different purposes: designs for ceiling paintings, altarpieces, sculptures, and prints; sketches made outdoors; and academic studies drawn in the studio. Together they testify to an era of courtly splendor, intellectual striving, and political upheaval.
Poussin and the Dance
February 15–May 8, 2022
Nicolas Poussin was the most influential French painter of the 17th century, and an artist fascinated by dance. Portraying dancing nymphs and satyrs, he drew inspiration from ancient Greek and Roman sculpture but evolved a style all his own. He envisioned dramatic—even violent—action with a choreographer’s eye. This exhibition considers Poussin’s dancing pictures through the dual lenses of art history and contemporary dance, establishing a dialogue between the old master’s work and new dances on film by LA choreographers.
Organized with the National Gallery, London.
In Focus: Writing for the Camera
February 22–May 29, 2022
By definition, the medium of photographya word that means “light writing”maintains a close relationship with writing. This one-gallery exhibition, drawn largely from the Getty’s collection, considers how various photographers active since the 1970s have represented the connection between writing and photography in images that showcase the performative nature of these mediums.
March 8–June 12, 2022
Imogen Cunningham (American, 18831976) enjoyed a long career as a photographer, creating a diverse body of work that underscores her vision, versatility, and commitment to the medium. The first major retrospective in the United States in more than 35 years, this exhibition brings together her insightful portraits, elegant flower and plant studies, poignant street pictures, and groundbreaking nudes in a visual celebration of Cunningham's immense contribution to the history of 20th-century photography.
The Getty Villa
Rubens: Picturing Antiquity
November 10, 2021–January 24, 2022
A passion for the art and literature of classical antiquity inspired the dynamic Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640). Presented amidst the antiquities collection at the Getty Villa, this exhibition juxtaposes the artist’s exhilarating drawings, oil sketches, and monumental paintings with rarely shown ancient objects, including exquisite gems owned by Rubens himself. Heroic nudes, fierce hunts, splendid military processions, and Bacchic revels attest to the artist’s extraordinary ability to translate an array of sources into new subjects.
Persia: Ancient Iran and the Classical World
April 6–August 8, 2022
For over a millennium, from around 650 BC to AD 650, ancient Greece and Rome had a tumultuous relationship with their neighbors to the east: the Medes, Persians, Parthians, and Sasanians of ancient Iran. This exhibition explores the artistic and cultural connections between these rival powers through royal sculpture, spectacular luxury objects, religious images, and historical documents, assembled from major museums in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.