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Events of the Year 1713 (detail), Dumesnil, 1714. Lent by the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des Estampes et de la Photographie. Photo credit: BnF


  Events of the Year 1713, Dumesnil, 1714. Lent by the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des Estampes et de la Photographie. Photo credit: BnF

A Kingdom of Images: French Prints in the Age of Louis XIV, 1660–1715

Opens June 16, 2015 | The Getty Center
King Louis XIV of France declared that the highest purpose of the arts was to record the glory and memory of the king. No other medium served the Crown as well as printmaking, and Paris during the Sun King's reign became the most important print producer in Europe. Organized for the tercentenary of Louis XIV's death, this exhibition contains nearly 100 prints from the GRI and the Bibliothèque nationale de France.

Curators lead gallery tours Thursdays at 2:00 p.m., starting June 18, 2015.

Find out more about the exhibition.


  The Librarian, George Herms, 1960. Norton Simon Museum. Gift of Molly Barnes (P.1969.091). © George Herms

2015/2016 Getty Scholars Announced

Over 45 scholars have been chosen for the 2015/2016 Scholars Program at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa, where they will explore the themes of Art and Materiality, and the Classical World in Context: Egypt. Selected projects feature investigations into the material nature of Buddhist art, early modern Islamic prints, and relief paintings from the Egyptian archeological site, Tell el Dab'a.

View the list of incoming scholars.

Learn more about the 2015/2016 research themes.


  La demoledora/The Demolisher (detail), Sandra Monterroso, 2010. Courtesy The 9.99 Gallery. © Sandra Monterroso

Recent Video from Latin America

Screening | June 3, 2015 | 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
This 90-minute screening brings together never-before-exhibited video and performance artworks from 17 emerging and established Latin American artists across Central America, Colombia, Peru, and Ecuador. These works address subjects as varied as politics, the role of art in society, and the struggles of everyday life. This program is part of the Video Art in Latin America research project, which charts the development of video as an artistic medium across the region.

Reserve a free ticket.

Find out more about the Video Art in Latin America research project.

  Cornelia Funke at the Getty Center, April 2014.

An Afternoon Adventure with Cornelia Funke

Storytelling and Book Signing | June 21, 2015 | 2:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Award-winning children's author Cornelia Funke reads from her latest story, the tale of William Dampier, a ghost tasked with keeping the other spirits haunting the Getty Center at bay. The reading will be followed by a book signing and special children's tour of the GRI's newest exhibition, A Kingdom of Images: French Prints in the Age of Louis XIV, 1660–1715. This event is recommended for children ages 8 and older.

Reserve a free ticket.

Watch Cornelia Funke's previous storytelling performance at the Getty Center.



A Kingdom of Images: French Prints in the Age of Louis XIV, 1660–1715

Edited by Peter Fuhring, Louis Marchesano, Rémi Mathis, and Vanessa Selbach
King Louis XIV established Paris as a powerhouse of print production and elevated the fine and decorative arts into signs of French taste and culture. A rich variety of magnificent prints fueled the Sun King's sophisticated propaganda machine and advanced his imperialist agenda. A Kingdom of Images presents more than 100 of these engravings and etchings, along with essays from an international group of scholars on their creation, circulation, and reception. The catalog complements a new GRI exhibition of the same title.

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Find out more about the exhibition.


  Lucas Samaras performing in Robert Whitman's American Moon (detail), 1960. Photo: Robert R. McElroy. The Getty Research Institute, 2014.M.7

Robert R. McElroy Photographs, 1959–2012

Finding Aid
American photographer Robert R. McElroy (1928–2012) documented many early New York art happenings and performances by artists including Jim Dine, Allan Kaprow, and Claes Oldenburg. McElroy's prints, contact sheets, negatives, and slides include seminal performances like Oldenburg's Ray Gun Spex (1960) and Kaprow's Yard (1961), as well as behind-the-scenes moments like Oldenburg and his wife, Patti, preparing his well-known soft sculptures at his studio.

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