The Getty Center
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 "great age." 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 violent 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 dance films 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 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–May 29, 2022
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.
Imogen Cunningham: A Retrospective
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.
Powder and Light: Late 19th-Century Pastels
March 15–August 14, 2022
In an age of formal experimentation, pastels offered artists a thrilling range of possibilities: an iridescent palette, a diverse array of textures, and a more immediate mode of working than oil paints. Late 19th-century pastellists achieved a range of effects, from the ethereal to the visceral. Tracing the evolution of pastels from Impressionism to Symbolism, this installation presents seldom seen works in the Getty collection by Degas, Redon, and others.
Judy Baca: Hitting the Wall
May 31–September 4, 2022
To underline the ongoing vulnerability of mural art, this focused display highlights the design, painting, destruction, and renewal of artist Judy Baca’s famous 1984 Hitting the Wall mural on a freeway underpass in downtown Los Angeles. The presentation will include preliminary sketches, colorations, and an actual-size reproduction of a part of the mural. This exhibition complements The Lost Murals of Renaissance Rome.
The Lost Murals of Renaissance Rome
May 31–September 4, 2022
In Renaissance Rome, the facades of many prominent buildings were painted with spectacular narrative frescoes. Once part of the fabric of the city, only a few now remain. Using works from the Getty’s collection, including the celebrated drawings series "Early Life of Taddeo Zuccaro" in which murals play a central role, the exhibition explores this extraordinary Renaissance phenomenon. This exhibition complements Judy Baca: Hitting the Wall.
Tacita Dean: Pan Amicus
June 7–August 28, 2022
Tacita Dean makes films that employ long takes and steady camera angles to elicit a contemplative atmosphere, often accompanied by an ambient soundtrack. Her new 16mm film, Pan Amicus, imagines the two Getty sites as part of Arcadia, the mythical home of Pan, Greek god of nature. The film’s presentation coincides with the Getty Center’s 25th anniversary.
Conserving de Kooning: Recovery of a Masterpiece
June 7–August 28, 2022
In the mid 1950s, Dutch-American abstract expressionist Willem de Kooning painted Woman-Ochre, part of his controversial Woman series. The painting was eventually donated to the University of Arizona Museum of Art, where it was on display until 1985 when it was cut from its frame and stolen, missing for the next 32 years. This exhibition picks up after the painting’s momentous 2017 recovery, highlighting its scientific analysis and painstaking conservation treatment.
The Fantasy of the Middle Ages
June 21–September 11, 2022
The castles, knights, battles, and imaginary creatures of the Middle Ages perpetually inspire art, literature, photography, film, and reenactment. These later fantasy works blend historical source material with legendary or magical elements to create memorable characters, creatures, and cultures. This exhibition explores the ways in which the Middle Ages have been mythologized, dramatized, and re-envisioned time and again, proving an irresistible period for creative reinterpretations ranging from the Brothers Grimm to Game of Thrones.
In Focus: Sound
June 28–October 2, 2022
By nature, photographs are silent images, yet photographers have long conjured sound through depictions of music-making, speaking, listening, and poetic insinuation. The photograph and the phonograph are both products of the 19th century that promised to record the otherwise ephemeral sensory perceptions of sight and sound. Drawn from the Museum’s collection, this exhibition includes works by known and unknown makers from the 19th century to the recent past that record the visual while also suggesting the audible.
Working Together: The Photographers of the Kamoinge Workshop
July 19–October 9, 2022
The first major exhibition about the Kamoinge Workshop, a collective of African American photographers formed in 1963. Members of the group produced powerful images, sensitively registering African American life in the mid-20th century. The exhibition explores Kamoinge’s formation during the 1960s and 1970s, a period that also coincided with a pivotal shift in photography’s wider cultural and institutional acceptance as an artistic medium.
Organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Cy Twombly: Making Past Present
August 2–October 30, 2022
American artist Cy Twombly’s engagement with the art and poetry of ancient Greece and Rome played a central role in his creative process. This exhibition explores Twombly’s lifelong fascination with the ancient Mediterranean world through evocative groupings of his paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture made from the mid-20th to the early 21st century, tracing an imaginative journey of encounters with and responses to ancient texts and artifacts. The presentation includes sculpture from the artist’s personal collection, on public display for the first time.
Organized with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Reinventing the Américas: Construct. Erase. Repeat.
August 23, 2022–January 8, 2023
This exhibition analyzes representations of the Americas, questioning the mythologies and utopian visions that proliferated after the arrival of Europeans to the continent. Featuring artistic interventions by Denilson Baniwa, an Indigenous contemporary artist from the Amazon region of Brazil, and the voices of local community groups in Los Angeles, Reinventing the Américas counters the views of European chroniclers, illustrators, and printmakers from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries by offering a multi-perspectival approach.
August 30, 2022–February 26, 2023
Pastels enjoyed a surge in popularity during the 18th century, when artists like Rosalba Carriera and Jean-Etienne Liotard carried the medium to new heights. Presenting works from the Getty collection by these pastellists and their contemporaries, this installation explores the physical properties of pastels and tells the story of their rising renown across Europe.
From the Collector’s Cabinet: Dutch Drawings
October 11, 2022–January 15, 2023
An exhibition of Dutch drawings including figure studies by Rembrandt van Rijn and Ferdinand Bol, rare landscapes by Cornelis Vroom and Jacques de Gheyn II, and botanicals by Maria Sibylla Merian and Jacob Marrel. Featuring over 30 drawings that are new to the collection, many of these artworks have never been shown at the Getty Museum.
Visualizing the Virgin Mary
October 11, 2022–January 8, 2023
Although the Virgin Mary is one of the most important figures in the Christian tradition, she is little mentioned in the Bible. Drawn from the Getty Museum’s collection of medieval manuscripts, as well as a few choice regional loans, this exhibition shows how fewer than a dozen references to Mary grew into myriad stories and images that celebrate her as a personal intercessor, a compassionate mother, and a heavenly queen.
Uta Barth: Peripheral Vision
November 15, 2022–February 19, 2023
Los Angeles–based photographer Uta Barth has spent her career exploring subtle changes of light as it illuminates various surfaces, documenting the passage of time and investigating the differences between how the human eye and the camera perceive the world. This selection of objects represents the most formative and critically acclaimed projects of Barth’s nearly 40-year career, including the debut of a new multi-part work commissioned by the Getty.
Porcelain from Versailles: Vases for a King and Queen
December 13, 2022–January 28, 2024
This exhibition brings together two of the most extraordinary surviving sets of vases owned by Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette of France during the late 1700s. The vases are among the highest achievements of the Sèvres porcelain manufactory made before the French Revolution. They were personal treasures of the royal family and are a testament to the exemplary skills of the artists who took part in their creation.
The Getty Villa
Persia: Ancient Iran and the Classical World
April 6–August 8, 2022
Ancient Iran, historically known as Persia, was the dominant nation of western Asia for over a millennium (about 550 BC–AD 650), with three native dynasties controlling an empire of unprecedented size and complexity. This exhibition, part of the Getty Museum’s program The Classical World in Context, explores the artistic and cultural connections between the rival powers of Iran, Greece, and Rome. Works on view include royal sculpture, spectacular luxury objects, religious images, and historical documents assembled from major museums in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.
Nubia: Jewels of Ancient Sudan
From the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
October 12, 2022–January 23, 2023
For nearly 3,000 years a series of kingdoms flourished in ancient Nubia (present-day southern Egypt and northern Sudan). The region was rich in sought-after resources such as gold and ivory and its trade networks reached Egypt, Greece, Rome, and central Africa. This exhibition presents highlights from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston's extensive collection of Nubian objects and features superbly crafted jewelry, metalwork, and sculpture exhibiting the wealth and splendor of Nubian society.