The Getty Center
John Martin: A New Acquisition
July 2–October 6, 2019
This single-work display showcases the Getty’s recently acquired Destruction of Pharaoh’s Host by the English Romantic artist, John Martin (17891854). The installation explores this fascinating drawing and highlights Martin’s connection to Los Angeles, namely the artist’s influence on generations of Hollywood movie makers, including Cecil B. DeMille and Ray Harryhausen.
Once. Again. Photographs in Series
July 9–November 10, 2019
Photographers often record change through images in series, registering transformations in the world around them. This exhibition features both historical and contemporary artists who have photographed faces and places over minutes, months, or years. Their artworks prompt reflection on the ways the passage of time impacts how we see people and spaces.
Gordon Parks: The Flávio Story
July 9–November 10, 2019
On assignment to document poverty in Brazil for Life magazine, American photographer Gordon Parks encountered one of the most important subjects of his career: Flávio da Silva. Parks featured the resourceful, ailing boy, who lived with his family in one of Rio’s working-class neighborhoods known as favelas, in the heart-rending 1961 photo essay “Freedom’s Fearful Foe: Poverty.” It resulted in donations from Life readers but sparked controversy in Brazil. This exhibition explores the celebrated photo essay, tracing the extraordinary chain of events it triggered and Parks’ representation of Flávio over several decades.
In Focus: The Camera
July 30, 2019–January 5, 2020
Once a simple wooden box with a primitive lens and cap for controlling light, the camera has undergone enormous change since its invention in the early nineteenth century. Flexible film stocks, built-in light meters, motor drives, and megapixels are a few of the advancements that have transformed the way this ingenious device captures and preserves a moment in time. This display explores the evolution of the camera through a selection of historic cameras and photographs.
Blurring the Line: Manuscripts in the Age of Print
August 6–October 27, 2019
The history of the book in the late Middle Ages is a story of competing media as the handwritten and the illuminated encountered the print revolution in Europe. New printing technologies gave rise to a rich period of experimental cross-fertilization during which artists created hybrid works, books printed to look like manuscripts, and painted compositions modeled after prints. This exhibition includes masterpieces of both media, challenging the division between them considering the culture of the book as technology met artistry.
October 8, 2019–January 12, 2020
The great painter of modern Paris Édouard Manet famously shocked contemporary audiences with his provocative pictures. The first exhibition ever to explore the last years of his short life, Manet and Modern Beauty highlights a less familiar and more intimate side of this celebrated artist’s work. Stylish portraits, luscious still lifes, delicate pastels and watercolors, vivid café and garden scenes convey Manet’s elegant social world and reveal his growing fascination with fashion, flowers, and the contemporary trappings of femininity.
True Grit: American Prints and Photographs from 1900 to 1950
October 15, 2019–January 19, 2020
With works drawn from local museums, a private collection, and the Getty’s own collection, True Grit provides two vibrant surveys: one of early twentieth-century American printmaking and the other a complementary photography display. Compelling depictions of the time convey a broad view of American culture that includes dance halls and boxing rings, skyscrapers and subways, parks and tenement apartments. Using innovative techniques, these American artists captured the gritty world around them and came to terms with modern life.
Peasants in Pastel: Jean-François Millet and the Pastel Revival
October 29, 2019–May 10, 2020
Long associated with aristocratic portraiture, pastel had fallen out of fashion by the mid-nineteenth century, when Jean-François Millet turned the powdery medium to a quite different purpose: scenes of contemporary peasant life. This installation presents a selection of pastels by Millet and his followers, addressing the relationship between rural labor and urban collecting and encouraging visitors to consider how an artist’s chosen medium affects our understanding of his or her subject matter.
Balthazar: A Black African King in Medieval and Renaissance Art
November 19, 2019–February 16, 2020
Early medieval legends reported that one of the three kings who paid homage to the newborn Christ Child in Bethlehem was from Africa. But it would be nearly one thousand years before artists began representing Balthazar, the youngest of the magi, as a black African. This exhibition explores the juxtaposition of a seemingly positive image with the difficult histories of Afro-European contactin particular the brutal African slave tradewhich informed European artists’ interest in representing race.
Unseen: 35 Years of Collecting Photographs
December 17, 2019–March 8, 2020
Commemorating the 35th anniversary of the Museum’s collection of photographs, this exhibition reveals the breadth and depth of the Getty’s acquisitions through an array of its hidden treasures, none of which have been exhibited at the Getty before. Spanning the history of the medium from its early years to the present day, Unseen highlights visual associations between photographs from different times and places to encourage fresh discoveries and underscore a sense of continuity and change within the history of the medium.
In Focus: Platinum and Palladium Photographs
January 21–May 31, 2020
Revered for its velvety matte surface and neutral palette, the platinum process, introduced in 1873, helped establish photography as a fine art. The process was championed by prominent photographers until platinum was embargoed during World War I, but it attracted renewed interest during the mid-twentieth century from a relatively small but dedicated community of practitioners. This exhibition draws from the Getty Museum’s collection to showcase some of the most striking prints made with platinum and the closely related palladium processes.
Artists on the Move: Journeys and Drawings
February 11–May 3, 2020
Why did artists leave their homes behind? How did they use the medium of drawing to record their journeys? And how did mobility impact their draftsmanship? This exhibition, featuring works by Canaletto, Gauguin, Rubens, and Van Gogh, explores such questions through a selection of European drawings from the Museum’s permanent collection, spanning from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries.
Michelangelo: Mind of the Master
February 25–June 7, 2020
Michelangelo (14751564) was one of the most creative and influential artists in the history of Western art. This exhibition explores the full range of his work as a painter, sculptor, and architect through more than two dozen of his extraordinary drawings, including designs for celebrated projects such as the Sistine Chapel ceiling, the Medici Chapel tombs, and The Last Judgment. These studies and sketches enable us to witness Michelangelo at work, and to experience firsthand his boundless creativity and his pioneering representation of the human form.
Painted Prophecy: The Hebrew Bible through Medieval Eyes
March 10–May 31, 2020
Images drawn from the Hebrew Bible (known to Christians as the “Old Testament”) were among the most popular subjects for Christian illuminated manuscripts in the Middle Ages. This exhibition brings manuscripts that explore the medieval Christian understanding of Hebrew scripture into dialogue with the Rothschild Pentateuch, a masterpiece of the Jewish manuscript tradition. Together, these objects from different religious traditions demonstrate how the Hebrew Bible was a living document, its contents subject to interpretation dependent on time and place.
April 21–July 26, 2020
Enigmatic and endlessly fascinating, Dora Maar (French, 19071997) generated iconic surrealist photographs, engaged with political organizations, and established a commercial studio in Parisall before the age of thirty. Despite these achievements, her work remains overshadowed by her relationship with Pablo Picasso. This exhibition examines Maar in her own right, tracing her career from assignments and street photographs made in the early 1930soften the foundation for her surrealist photomontagesto postwar paintings. It also considers the rich historical context from which Maar emerged.
Artists as Collectors
June 2–August 16, 2020
Artists were the earliest and greatest collectors of drawings. Celebrated painters including Edgar Degas, Thomas Lawrence, and Giorgio Vasari were passionate collectors, and their appetites for drawings by old and contemporary masters compelled them to acquire exceptional examples of draftsmanship by artists such as Delacroix, Raphael, and Rembrandt. Not just a tool for the making of works of art, drawings were valued as intellectual property, coveted rarities, and powerful status symbols.
In Focus: Election Eve
June 16–November 8, 2020
Photographs play a powerful role in American politics. This exhibition features William Eggleston’s Election Eve, a two-volume photography book made as the country readied for the 1976 presidential race, alongside other photographs from past and present that prompt reflection on the democratic process. Images of politicians, protests, and patriotism offer a timely take on civic life and the public experience of anticipation just before an election.
The Getty Villa
June 26–October 28, 2019
The Getty Villa is modeled on the Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum. Buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79, the ancient villa was rediscovered and explored by subterranean tunnels in the 1750s and '60s and was partially re-excavated in the 1990s and early 2000s. It has yielded colorful marble and mosaic floors, frescoed walls, a large collection of bronze and marble statuary, and a unique library of more than a thousand papyrus scrolls. This exhibition presents many of the most spectacular finds and examines attempts to unroll and decipher the carbonized papyri.
Assyria: Palace Art of Ancient Iraq
October 2, 2019–September 5, 2022
Assyrian kings in the ninth to seventh centuries B.C. decorated their palaces with masterful relief sculptures that represent a high point of Mesopotamian art, both for their artistic quality and sophistication and for their vivid depictions of warfare, rituals, mythology, hunting, and other aspects of Assyrian court life. The importance of these ancient treasures has only increased with the recent destruction, by ISIS, of many of the reliefs that remained in Iraq.
The masterworks in this exhibition are on special loan from the British Museum, London.
March 18–July 27, 2020
Mesopotamiathe “land between the rivers” in modern-day Iraqwas home to the ancient Sumerians, Babylonians and Assyrians. Among their many achievements are the creation of the earliest known script (cuneiform), the formation of the first cities, the development of advanced astronomical and mathematical knowledge, and spectacular artistic and literary achievements. The exhibition covers three millennia from the first cities in about 3200 B.C. to Alexander the Great’s conquest of Babylon in 331 B.C.