A world of art, research, conservation, and philanthropy
The Berthouville Treasure. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des monnaies, médailles et antiques, Paris
Go Behind the Scenes with the Getty
Hear from Getty president Jim Cuno and the directors of all four Getty programs in this new video series. Go behind the scenes with the people and places of the Getty and learn how our programs work together to study and conserve art and cultural heritage around the world.
November 11, 2014–March 22, 2015 | The Getty Center
After photographing theatrical productions in Prague and Roma settlement camps across Eastern Europe, Josef Koudelka risked his life and career to document the 1968 Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia. His images of the event, smuggled into the West and reproduced worldwide, forced his exile. This exhibition presents more than 180 works produced over six decades by this legendary photographer, including a selection of large-scale panoramas that he has made since 1986.
This exhibition was co-organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago in association with Fundación MAPFRE.
The Trench (detail), 1915–16, Félix Vallotton. Woodcut. The Getty Research Institute, Gift of Dr. & Mrs. Richard A. Simms
World War I: War of Images, Images of War
November 18, 2014–April 19, 2015 | The Getty Center
This exhibition examines the art and visual culture of the First World War—a conflict of unprecedented mechanized slaughter as well as a struggle over the cultural dominance and direction of Europe—by juxtaposing the war's visual propaganda with its depiction by artists who experienced it firsthand. The trauma of this first modern war is captured through a range of satirical journals, prints, posters, and photographs as well as accounts from the front.
Mercury Statuette, Roman, 2nd century. Silver and gold. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des monnaies, médailles et antiques, Paris
Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville
November 19, 2014–August 17, 2015
| The Getty Villa
The spectacular hoard of ancient gilt-silver statuettes and vessels known as the Berthouville Treasure was discovered in 1830. Following four years of meticulous conservation and research at the Getty Villa, this exhibition allows viewers to appreciate their full splendor and offers new insights about ancient art, technology, religion, and cultural interaction. The opulent cache is presented together with precious gems, jewelry, and other Roman luxury objects from the royal collections of the Cabinet des médailles at the Bibliothèque nationale de France.
This exhibition was organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum in collaboration with the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des monnaies, médailles et antiques, Paris. Generous support was provided by the Getty Museum's Villa Council.
Funerary Vessel with Orestes Seeking Sanctuary at Delphi; Nike Sacrificing a Ram; and a Horse Race, about 350 B.C., Associates with the Iliupersis Painter. Terracotta. Antikensammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Dangerous Perfection: Funerary Vases from Southern Italy
November 19, 2014–May 11, 2015
| The Getty Villa
This exhibition presents 13 elaborately decorated Apulian vases and examines the funerary customs of peoples native to southern Italy and the ways they used Greek myth to comprehend death and the afterlife. Displayed following a six-year conservation project at the Antikensammlung Berlin and the Getty Villa, these monumental vessels also offer a window into the ongoing debate concerning the degree to which ancient artworks should be restored.
This exhibition was organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum in collaboration with the Antikensammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Generous support was provided by the Getty Museum's Villa Council.
Continuing This Month
The Meeting of Abraham and Melchizedek, about 1622–25, Peter Paul Rubens. Oil on panel. Image courtesy of the Photographic Archive, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid
Spectacular Rubens: The Triumph of the Eucharist
Through January 11, 2015 | The Getty Center
In the early 1620s, Peter Paul Rubens was commissioned to design a series of monumental tapestries to celebrate the Roman Catholic Church's spiritual triumphs. This exhibition unites several of Rubens's exhilarating oil sketches with the resulting glorious tapestries, exceptional loans from both the Museo del Prado and the Patrimonio Nacional in Madrid.
The exhibition was organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Museo Nacional del Prado in association with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and in collaboration with the Patrimonio Nacional.
Four contemporary photographers present varied perspectives of the megalopolis of Tokyo—from grassy parks to fragments of nightlife to everyday scenes—in this exhibition drawn from the Getty Museum's permanent collection.
Thursday, November 13, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
This sumptuous new film tells the story of Buddhist art through the treasures of Bhutan and Ladakh in the Himalayas and the Mogao Grottoes on the Silk Road in China, including efforts to save vulnerable wall paintings in these regions. The Getty Conservation Institute's long-term involvement at the Mogao Grottoes is featured in this documentary. A Q&A session with Professor David Park from the Courtauld Institute of Art follows the screening.
Gordon Getty Concert: Pomerium: Music for Rubens's Tapestries
Saturday, November 22, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Hailed by the New York Times as "one of the finest early-music ensembles in the country," a cappella ensemble Pomerium presents a special program inspired by Rubens's tapestries. Listeners will be transported to 17th-century Madrid and immersed in the soundscape of Mass at the Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales, the original home to Rubens's masterpieces. Tickets $20; $15 students/seniors.
John Taflan and Erin Barlow in The Hypocrites world premiere of All our Tragic, adapted and directed by Sean Graney. Photo: Evan Hanover
Villa Theater Lab: All Our Tragic
Saturday and Sunday, November 8 and 9, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
| The Getty Villa
All Our Tragic, by Chicago's award-winning company The Hypocrites, is a unique 12-hour theatrical adaptation that combines the 32 surviving Greek tragedies into a single epic narrative. Performed over two six-hour installments, the performances creates a modern festival of Dionysus. Adapted and directed by Sean Graney. Tickets $25 per day; $45 for both days.
Associate conservator Marie Svoboda completing the conservation of an Apulian krater.
Graves, Archives, and Glue: Stories behind the Funerary Vases of "Dangerous Perfection"
Thursday, November 20, 7:30 p.m.
| The Getty Villa
Exhibition curators and the lead conservator share their experiences investigating and conserving the monumental vessels on view in Dangerous Perfection: Funerary Vases from Southern Italy, revealing the detective work behind determining where the vases were buried, the forensic techniques that helped uncover how they were previously reassembled, and the complex challenges involved in their cleaning, reconstruction, and display. Free; a ticket is required.
Isabel Clara Eugenia with Magdalena Ruiz, about 1585–88, Alonso Sánchez Coella. Image courtesy of the Photographic Archive, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid
Glorious Inspiration: The Infanta Isabel Clara Eugenia and Rubens
Sunday, November 23, 3:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
The compelling paintings and monumental tapestries of the Eucharist series were commissioned by one of the most fascinating and powerful women of the early-17th century, the spirited Infanta Isabel Clara Eugenia. Getty curator Anne Woollett considers how the series reflects the ideals of the Infanta as understood by Peter Paul Rubens, who designed the dynamic compositions, and how it embodies both political and personal significance for patron and painter.
Pair of earrings, 200–100 B.C., Gold. The J. Paul Getty Museum
Saturday, November 1 and 15, 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
| The Getty Villa
Join designer and artist Deborah Wright for a hands-on introduction to the art of fashioning metal into jewelry. Explore fabrication, tools, and contemporary techniques in the light of methods employed by artisans of antiquity through a gallery tour, demonstration, and studio practice. Each student completes a pair of pierced hoop earrings. Open to 16 participants. Course fee $125 (includes materials and lunch). Complimentary parking.