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  • World War I: War of Images, Images of War

    Daily through April 19, 2015
    Research Institute Galleries I and II, Getty Center

    World War I: War of Images, Images of War 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. The exhibition juxtaposes the representation of the war in visual propaganda with its depiction by artists who experienced the brutality firsthand. Drawing principally from the Getty Research Institute's special collections, the exhibition features a range of satirical journals, prints, posters, and photographs as well as accounts from the front, including a war diary, correspondence, and "trench art" made by soldiers. Through such archival and graphic material, World War I: War of Images, Images of War captures the trauma of this first modern war.

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  • The Life of Art: Context, Collecting, and Display

    Daily
    South Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center

    From the time an object is made until the day it enters a museum's collection, it may be displayed, used, and perceived in different ways. The Life of Art takes selected objects from the Getty Museum's galleries and encourages visitors to sit down and spend time with them, offering the opportunity to examine them closely to understand how they were made and functioned, why they were collected, and how they have been displayed. Through careful looking, what may be learned about the maker and previous owners of a French gilt-bronze wall light, for example, or the transformation in England of a Chinese porcelain bowl? Close engagement reveals the full lives of these works and why they continue to be collected and cherished today.

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  • Drawing in the Age of Rubens

    Daily through January 11, 2015
    West Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center

    This exhibition of Flemish drawings from the Getty Museum's collection bears witness to the flourishing of artistic culture in the southern Netherlands from the sixteenth to the seventeenth centuries. It features drawings made by Peter Paul Rubens and his most talented pupils as well as sheets by his contemporaries and predecessors. This survey of drawn landscapes, figural studies, and religious subjects from Rubens's time demonstrates the master's grand, synthetic vision as well as the dynamic tradition of his native Flanders. The exhibition complements the international loan show Spectacular Rubens: The Triumph of the Eucharist.

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  • Spectacular Rubens: The Triumph of the Eucharist

    Daily through January 11, 2015
    Exhibitions Pavilion, Getty Center

    The Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens excelled at devising captivating large-scale compositions. During the mid-1620s, he designed a series of monumental tapestries for the devout Infanta Isabel celebrating the spiritual victory of the Roman Catholic Church. This exhibition unites the exhilarating designs in the collection of the Prado Museum, painted in oil on wood panel, with the magnificent tapestries—rare loans from the Patrimonio Nacional in Madrid. Characterized by exuberant energy, clever visual illusions, and an astonishing array of figures, the Eucharist series is one of the wonders of the Baroque period.

  • Josef Koudelka: Nationality Doubtful

    Daily through March 22, 2015
    West Pavilion, Lower Level, Getty Center

    After photographing theatrical productions in Prague and Roma settlement camps across Eastern Europe, Josef Koudelka (born 1938) 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—the first U.S. retrospective devoted to Koudelka since 1988—presents more than 140 works produced over five decades by this legendary photographer, including early photographic experiments, vintage Gypsies book prints and maquettes, and 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.

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  • Give and Ye Shall Receive: Gift Giving in the Middle Ages

    Daily through March 15, 2015
    North Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center

    In the Middle Ages, gift exchange helped people define their relationships to family and friends, to acquaintances and strangers, to God and to church. This exhibition, drawn from the Museum's permanent collection, examines models for giving found in scripture and in the lives of the saints, explores how gift giving functioned in medieval society, and highlights the special role of the medieval book as a gift.

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  • The Life of Art: Context, Collecting, and Display

    Monday December 22, 2014
    - 5:30 pm
    South Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center

    From the time an object is made until the day it enters a museum's collection, it may be displayed, used, and perceived in different ways. The Life of Art takes selected objects from the Getty Museum's galleries and encourages visitors to sit down and spend time with them, offering the opportunity to examine them closely to understand how they were made and functioned, why they were collected, and how they have been displayed. Through careful looking, what may be learned about the maker and previous owners of a French gilt-bronze wall light, for example, or the transformation in England of a Chinese porcelain bowl? Close engagement reveals the full lives of these works and why they continue to be collected and cherished today.

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  • Drawing in the Age of Rubens

    Monday December 22, 2014
    - 5:30 pm
    West Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center

    This exhibition of Flemish drawings from the Getty Museum's collection bears witness to the flourishing of artistic culture in the southern Netherlands from the sixteenth to the seventeenth centuries. It features drawings made by Peter Paul Rubens and his most talented pupils as well as sheets by his contemporaries and predecessors. This survey of drawn landscapes, figural studies, and religious subjects from Rubens's time demonstrates the master's grand, synthetic vision as well as the dynamic tradition of his native Flanders. The exhibition complements the international loan show Spectacular Rubens: The Triumph of the Eucharistic.

  • Spectacular Rubens: The Triumph of the Eucharist

    Monday December 22, 2014
    - 5:30 pm
    Exhibitions Pavilion, Getty Center

    The Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens excelled at devising captivating large-scale compositions. During the mid-1620s, he designed a series of monumental tapestries for the devout Infanta Isabel celebrating the spiritual victory of the Roman Catholic Church. This exhibition unites the exhilarating designs in the collection of the Prado Museum, painted in oil on wood panel, with the magnificent tapestries—rare loans from the Patrimonio Nacional in Madrid. Characterized by exuberant energy, clever visual illusions, and an astonishing array of figures, the Eucharist series is one of the wonders of the Baroque period.

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  • Josef Koudelka: Nationality Doubtful

    Monday December 22, 2014
    - 5:30 pm
    West Pavilion, Lower Level, Getty Center

    After photographing theatrical productions in Prague and Roma settlement camps across Eastern Europe, Josef Koudelka (born 1938) 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—the first U.S. retrospective devoted to Koudelka since 1988—presents more than 180 works produced over six decades by this legendary photographer, including early photographic experiments, vintage Gypsies book prints and maquettes, and 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.

  • Give and Ye Shall Receive: Gift Giving in the Middle Ages

    Monday December 22, 2014
    - 5:30 pm
    North Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center

    In the Middle Ages, gift exchange helped people define their relationships to family and friends, to acquaintances and strangers, to God and to church. This exhibition, drawn from the Museum's permanent collection, examines models for giving found in scripture and in the lives of the saints, explores how gift giving functioned in medieval society, and highlights the special role of the medieval book as a gift.

  • In Focus: Play

    Monday December 22, 2014
    - 5:30 pm
    West Pavilion, Lower Level, Getty Center

    The introduction of photography in 1839 coincided with major social and economic changes spurred by the Industrial Revolution and a burgeoning culture of leisure. In addition to documenting historic events, this new medium was used to record the everyday, including the many ways people spent their free time. With the advent of faster film and handheld cameras, dancing and carousing were captured with the same enthusiasm as moments of respite and quiet contemplation. This exhibition traces the development of the photographic subject of leisure through the works of artists such as Roger Fenton, Eugène Atget, Gertrude Käsebier, Brassaï, Larry Sultan, and Bill Owens.

  • In Focus: Play

    Daily, December 23, 2014 - May 10, 2015
    West Pavilion, Lower Level, Getty Center

    The introduction of photography in 1839 coincided with major social and economic changes spurred by the Industrial Revolution and a burgeoning culture of leisure. In addition to documenting historic events, this new medium was used to record the everyday, including the many ways people spent their free time. With the advent of faster film and handheld cameras, dancing and carousing were captured with the same enthusiasm as moments of respite and quiet contemplation. This exhibition traces the development of the photographic subject of leisure through the works of artists such as Roger Fenton, Eugène Atget, Gertrude Käsebier, Brassaï, Larry Sultan, and Bill Owens.

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  • The Life of Art: Context, Collecting, and Display

    Monday December 29, 2014
    - 5:30 pm
    South Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center

    From the time an object is made until the day it enters a museum's collection, it may be displayed, used, and perceived in different ways. The Life of Art takes selected objects from the Getty Museum's galleries and encourages visitors to sit down and spend time with them, offering the opportunity to examine them closely to understand how they were made and functioned, why they were collected, and how they have been displayed. Through careful looking, what may be learned about the maker and previous owners of a French gilt-bronze wall light, for example, or the transformation in England of a Chinese porcelain bowl? Close engagement reveals the full lives of these works and why they continue to be collected and cherished today.

     Learn more about this exhibition

  • Drawing in the Age of Rubens

    Monday December 29, 2014
    - 5:30 pm
    West Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center

    This exhibition of Flemish drawings from the Getty Museum's collection bears witness to the flourishing of artistic culture in the southern Netherlands from the sixteenth to the seventeenth centuries. It features drawings made by Peter Paul Rubens and his most talented pupils as well as sheets by his contemporaries and predecessors. This survey of drawn landscapes, figural studies, and religious subjects from Rubens's time demonstrates the master's grand, synthetic vision as well as the dynamic tradition of his native Flanders. The exhibition complements the international loan show Spectacular Rubens: The Triumph of the Eucharist.

  • Spectacular Rubens: The Triumph of the Eucharist

    Monday December 29, 2014
    - 5:30 pm
    Exhibitions Pavilion, Getty Center

    The Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens excelled at devising captivating large-scale compositions. During the mid-1620s, he designed a series of monumental tapestries for the devout Infanta Isabel celebrating the spiritual victory of the Roman Catholic Church. This exhibition unites the exhilarating designs in the collection of the Prado Museum, painted in oil on wood panel, with the magnificent tapestries—rare loans from the Patrimonio Nacional in Madrid. Characterized by exuberant energy, clever visual illusions, and an astonishing array of figures, the Eucharist series is one of the wonders of the Baroque period.

     Learn more about this exhibition

  • Josef Koudelka: Nationality Doubtful

    Monday December 29, 2014
    - 5:30 pm
    West Pavilion, Lower Level, Getty Center

    After photographing theatrical productions in Prague and Roma settlement camps across Eastern Europe, Josef Koudelka (born 1938) 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—the first U.S. retrospective devoted to Koudelka since 1988—presents more than 180 works produced over six decades by this legendary photographer, including early photographic experiments, vintage Gypsies book prints and maquettes, and 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.

  • Give and Ye Shall Receive: Gift Giving in the Middle Ages

    Monday December 29, 2014
    - 5:30 pm
    North Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center

    In the Middle Ages, gift exchange helped people define their relationships to family and friends, to acquaintances and strangers, to God and to church. This exhibition, drawn from the Museum's permanent collection, examines models for giving found in scripture and in the lives of the saints, explores how gift giving functioned in medieval society, and highlights the special role of the medieval book as a gift.

  • In Focus: Play

    Monday December 29, 2014
    - 5:30 pm
    West Pavilion, Lower Level, Getty Center

    The introduction of photography in 1839 coincided with major social and economic changes spurred by the Industrial Revolution and a burgeoning culture of leisure. In addition to documenting historic events, this new medium was used to record the everyday, including the many ways people spent their free time. With the advent of faster film and handheld cameras, dancing and carousing were captured with the same enthusiasm as moments of respite and quiet contemplation. This exhibition traces the development of the photographic subject of leisure through the works of artists such as Roger Fenton, Eugène Atget, Gertrude Käsebier, Brassaï, Larry Sultan, and Bill Owens.

  • J. M. W. Turner: Painting Set Free

    Daily, February 24 - May 24, 2015
    Exhibitions Pavilion, Getty Center

    Extraordinarily inventive and enduringly influential, J. M. W. Turner (1775–1851) produced his most important and famous pictures after the age of sixty, in the last fifteen years of his life. Demonstrating ongoing radicalism of technique and ever-original subject matter, these works show Turner constantly challenging his contemporaries while remaining keenly aware of the market for his art. Bringing together over sixty key oil paintings and watercolors, this major international loan exhibition is the first to focus on the unfettered creativity of Turner's final years. <br> <br> The exhibition was organized by Tate Britain, in association with the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

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  • Watercolor Workshop

    Sunday March 1, 2015
    10:30 am - 5 pm
    Museum Studios, Getty Center

    Join artist Richard Houston in this daylong workshop exploring J. M W. Turner's extraordinary and innovative late watercolors. Working in the studio, participants experiment with watercolor materials, color mixing, light effects, and creative techniques through a series of discussions, exercises, and a tour of the exhibition J. M. W. Turner: Painting Set Free. Course fee $125 (includes materials and lunch). Complimentary parking.

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  • Renaissance Splendors of the Northern Italian Courts

    Daily, March 31 - June 21, 2015
    North Pavilion, Plaza Level, Getty Center

    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

    Daily, April 14 - September 6, 2015
    West Pavilion, Lower Level, Getty Center

    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 employ a variety of darkroom techniques that shift our understanding of photography from a medium that accurately records the world to one that revels in the medium's materials and process.

  • In Focus: Animalia

    Daily, May 26 - October 18, 2015
    West Pavilion, Lower Level, Getty Center

    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.

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  • Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville

    Daily through August 17, 2015
    Museum, Floor 2, Getty Villa
    Accidentally discovered by a French farmer in 1830, the spectacular hoard of gilt-silver statuettes and vessels known as the Berthouville Treasure was originally dedicated to the Gallo-Roman god Mercury. 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 in its entirety for the first time outside Paris, 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.

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  • Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity

    Daily
    Museum, Floor 2, Getty Villa
    In 2003, the J. Paul Getty Museum acquired a collection of over 350 pieces of ancient glass, formerly owned by Erwin Oppenländer. The works on view in Molten Color are remarkable for their high quality, their chronological breadth, and the glassmaking techniques illustrated by their manufacture. The vessels are accompanied by text and videos illustrating ancient glassmaking techniques.

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  • Relief with Antiochos and Herakles

    Daily through May 4, 2015
    Museum, Floor 2, Getty Villa
    On loan from the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, a stele honoring Prokleides, a military officer in the Athenian army, is on view at the Getty Villa in a gallery (208) devoted to Religious Offerings. Carved in relief above a public decree are figures of Antiochos, the mythical founder of the tribe Antiochis, and his father, the Greek hero Herakles.

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  • Dangerous Perfection: Funerary Vases from Southern Italy

    Daily through May 11, 2015
    Museum, Floor 2, Getty Villa
    Thirteen elaborately decorated Apulian vases provide a rich opportunity to examine 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 reveal the hand of Raffaele Gargiulo, one of the leading restorers of nineteenth-century Naples. His work exemplifies what one concerned antiquarian described as "dangerous perfection," and the vases on view offer a window into the ongoing debate concerning the degree to which ancient artworks should be repaired and repainted.

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  • Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity

    Tuesday December 30, 2014
    - 5 pm
    Museum, Floor 2, Getty Villa
    In 2003, the J. Paul Getty Museum acquired a collection of over 350 pieces of ancient glass, formerly owned by Erwin Oppenländer. The works on view in Molten Color are remarkable for their high quality, their chronological breadth, and the glassmaking techniques illustrated by their manufacture. The vessels are accompanied by text and videos illustrating ancient glassmaking techniques.

     Learn more about this exhibition

  • Relief with Antiochos and Herakles

    Tuesday December 30, 2014
    - 5 pm
    Museum, Floor 2, Getty Villa
    On loan from the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, a stele honoring Prokleides, a military officer in the Athenian army, is on view at the Getty Villa in a gallery (208) devoted to Religious Offerings. Carved in relief above a public decree are figures of Antiochos, the mythical founder of the tribe Antiochis, and his father, the Greek hero Herakles.

     Learn more about this exhibition

  • Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville

    Tuesday December 30, 2014
    - 5 pm
    Museum, Floor 2, Getty Villa
    Accidentally discovered by a French farmer in 1830, the spectacular hoard of gilt-silver statuettes and vessels known as the Berthouville Treasure was originally dedicated to the Gallo-Roman god Mercury. 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 in its entirety for the first time outside Paris, 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.

  • Dangerous Perfection: Funerary Vases from Southern Italy

    Tuesday December 30, 2014
    - 5 pm
    Museum, Floor 2, Getty Villa
    Thirteen elaborately decorated Apulian vases provide a rich opportunity to examine 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 reveal the hand of Raffaele Gargiulo, one of the leading restorers of nineteenth-century Naples. His work exemplifies what one concerned antiquarian described as "dangerous perfection," and the vases on view offer a window into the ongoing debate concerning the degree to which ancient artworks should be repaired and repainted.

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