From Byzantine treasures to experimental dance, a taste of what’s coming this year at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa

The Prince and the Queen / Roger Fenton

The Prince and the Queen, 1854, Roger Fenton. Hand-colored salted paper print. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013

Twenty-two exhibitions and dozens of talks, concerts, and family events are on tap for 2014 at the Getty’s two locations. This year there truly is something for everyone.

England, Japan, Byzantium, and More

2014 marks the 175th anniversary of the announcement of photography; for the occasion, A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography (February 4–June 8) chronicles Queen Victoria’s love for photographs, exploring the intertwined history of a monarch and a medium. Also on tap this year are shows devoted to the photographs of Hiroshi Sugimoto, Ansel Adams, Minor White, and Josef Koudelka, among others.

Union Station

Tower, Los Angeles Union Station, November 9, 1937, Edward Warren Hoak (American, 1901-78), graphite on architectural vellum. The Getty Research Institute (990035)

Calling all L.A. history buffs and railroad enthusiasts! Head for the Central Library downtown for No Further West (May 2–August 10), an exploration of the last great railway station—Union Station—and how it changed our city.

Mural / Jackson Pollock

Mural, 1943, Jackson Pollock. Jackson Pollock. Oil and casein on canvas, 95 5/8 x 237 3/4 in. University of Iowa Museum of Art, Gift of Peggy Guggenheim, 1959.6. Reproduced with permission from The University of Iowa

Modern art is on view in abundance this year: See the monumental 1943 Mural by Jackson Pollock (March 11–June 1), and learn what new discoveries Getty conservators and scientists have made about his materials and techniques. Newly expanded galleries at the Getty Research Institute host a visual and sonic exploration of the work of dancer, choreographer, and artist Yvonne Rainer (May 27–October 12) and an immersive look at the defining moment of 20th-century art—World War I, which broke out 100 years ago this summer (November 25, 2014–April 19, 2015).

Bach from Terrain / Yvonne Rainer

“Bach” from Terrain, 1963, Yvonne Rainer. Gelatin silver print. Photo: Al Giese. The Getty Research Institute, 2006.M.24.124

One of the Getty Museum’s most beloved, and macabre, paintings takes a star turn this summer in The Scandalous Art of James Ensor (June 10–August 31), revealing James Ensor’s radical artistic transformation in the decade before he created the masterwork Christ’s Entry into Brussels in 1889.

Archangel Michael / Greek

Archangel Michael, 1300–1350, Greek. Tempera on wood with gold leaf. Image courtesy of the Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens, inv. no BXM 1353

For something completely different, the world of Byzantium comes alive in Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections (April 9–August 25), focusing on how the Byzantine Empire blended the legacy of the classical world with deep Christian spirituality to create an opulent visual culture. In the fall a ravishing collection of Roman silver, following nearly three years of conservation work at the Getty Villa, shines again in Roman Luxury: The Berthouville Silver Treasure (November 19, 2014–May 11, 2015).

If you’re a fan of paper and parchment, watch for rococo drawings, Peter Paul Rubens and his age, and a celebration of cross-hatching—plus looks at chivalry and gift-giving in the Middle Ages.

You can download a full 2014 exhibition preview here (PDF).

Spoken Word, Stage, and Screen

Artists, writers, musicians, scientists, and more offer engaging programs at the Getty Center and Villa all year. Coming up in January, hear about the remarkable challenges of conserving artwork made from plastic (January 14), and the real story of who built the luxury villas of ancient Rome (January 16).

Alain de Botton / Mathias Marx

Alain de Botton. Photo: Mathias Marx, 2013

Complementing the exhibition Connecting Seas, thinkers from a range of disciplines, beginning with historian Adam Hochschild on March 16, explore how people across time have crossed the waters to discover other cultures. The Getty Perspectives series resumes with out-of-the-box views on art and culture; first up on March 6 is writer Alain de Botton, who asks whether the news is driving us crazy. Already on the books for November, photographer Josef Koudelka makes a rare appearance to speak about his work.

Four Larks performs Orpheus

Four Larks performs Orpheus. Photo: Vikk Shayen

Drama rages through the Getty Villa as Villa Theater Lab resumes March 14–16 with an avant-pop journey to the underworld in Orpheus, and wheels have already begun to turn for this fall’s Outdoor Theater Production at the Getty Villa. This year we welcome SITI Company for a contemporary revisioning of The Persians, an emotional story of war, victory, and loss (September 4–27). Sparks fly over dinner at Selected Shorts (March 22 and 23) featuring short fiction read by actors of stage and screen. Our first film series of the year features 60 years of cinema, Queen Victoria style (February 15 and 16).

Free world and contemporary music plays throughout the year, and Saturdays Off the 405 launches May 17. Bands and DJs playing the open-air stage through October. Plus: take an art-making class, learn to cook a meal inspired by art history, or watch artists demo their craft.

Many events for 2014 are on the calendar now.

For Kids, Too

Art Detective Cards - Spanish

This January, look for a brand-new set of Art Detective Cards, which invites mini-Sherlocks to sleuth out things glittery and mysterious in the Getty Center’s decorative arts galleries. Young adult book author Cornelia Funke leads a family event on April 6 (Beware art-history pirates! Arr!) and the first Family Festival of the year kicks off on April 12 with crown-making, storytelling, and all things British in honor of Queen Victoria.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Getty Center and the Getty Villa for all this—plus lots more that’s still being planned. Get all the event and exhibition news as we have it by signing up for e-news.

Happy New Year!