Future Exhibitions and Installations

The Getty Center

  • Getty Highlights: 19th-Century Paintings and Sculptures

    October 19, 2021–January 9, 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.

  • Museum Acquisitions 2021: Director’s Choice

    December 14, 2021–February 27, 2022

    A selection of highlights from the Museum’s recent acquisitions that enrich our six collecting areas: antiquities, manuscripts, paintings, drawings, sculpture & decorative arts, and photographs. Chosen by the Museum’s director, the exhibition focuses on several collection-building initiatives, such as the legacy of the Classical tradition, representing women artists, telling a more inclusive history of European art, and bringing greater diversity to our holdings of modern and contemporary photographs.

  • 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 Sicle 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.

  • Flesh and Bones: The Art of Anatomy

    February 22–July 10, 2022

    Focused at the intersection of science and art, this exhibition explores themes of art and anatomy from the 16th century to today. From spectacular life-size illustrations to delicate paper flaps that lift to reveal the body's interior, the structure of the body is represented through a range of media. Artists not only helped create these images but were part of the market for them, as anatomy was a basic component of artistic training for centuries.

  • In Focus: Writing for the Camera

    February 22–May 29, 2022

    By definition, the medium of photography—a 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.

  • Imogen Cunningham

    March 8–June 12, 2022

    Imogen Cunningham (American, 1883–1976) 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.