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Monumentality and Cosmic Scale
March 9, 2019

Current Exhibition

December 4, 2018–April 21, 2019

Monumentality evokes an aura of greatness, a sense of power and gravity that demands public recognition. As markers of history and repositories of collective memory, monuments can project multiple and sometimes contradictory meanings. Monuments might outlast their original purpose, meet their demise through violent conflict or artistic intervention, or simply become forgotten in the fabric of everyday life. This exhibition investigates various paradigms of monumentality, prompting viewers to consider why certain monuments endure and others fall.

Image: Table 3, Palace of Soviets Project, Mikhail Karasik, lithographer, 2006. Boris Iofan, architect. From Mikhail Karasik, The Palace of Soviets: Design Competition (Saint Petersburg, 2006). The Getty Research Institute, 2732-729. © Mikhail Karasik, 2006

Upcoming Exhibitions

Bauhaus Beginnings
June 11–October 13, 2019

The Bauhaus was a German school of art and design whose brief yet highly influential existence rendered it a key site in the development of a new modern vision for arts education. Established in 1919 after the end of World War I, the Bauhaus sought to erode distinctions between crafts and the fine arts through a program of study centered on theory and practical experience.

Marking the one hundredth anniversary of the school's opening, Bauhaus Beginnings investigates the school's early commitment to spiritual expression, its innovative first-year curriculum, and its use of diverse media to introduce the work of students and masters to international audiences. The exhibition draws on the Getty Research Institute's extensive collection of Bauhaus material–including course exercises, teaching aids and notes, and rare prints, drawings, and photographs–to offer a colorful and surprising reexamination of the founding principles of this landmark institution.

Image: Form and color study, Joost Schmidt, ca. 1929–1930. Watercolor over graphite on paper. Joost Schmidt Papers. The Getty Research Institute, 860972

Bauhaus: Building the New Artist
Coming June 11, 2019

At the Bauhaus, the influential Weimar-era art and design school, masters and students forged a unique artistic vision characterized by explorations in form, color, and material. Bauhaus: Building the New Artist invites online visitors to explore the school's history, study its radical pedagogy, investigate its theoretical underpinnings, and experience a Bauhaus education through interactive exercises. The project highlights archival material held at the Getty Research Institute and has been conceived in tandem with the gallery exhibition Bauhaus Beginnings, on view at the Getty Research Institute from June 11 to October 13, 2019.

Online Exhibition

The Legacy of Ancient Palmyra

War in Syria has irrevocably changed the ancient caravan city of Palmyra, famed as a meeting place of civilizations since its apogee in the mid-2nd to 3rd century CE. The Romans and Parthians knew Palmyra as a wealthy oasis metropolis, a center of culture and trade on the edge of their empires. For centuries, traveling artists and explorers have documented the site in former states of preservation. This online exhibition captures the site as it was photographed for the first time by Louis Vignes in 1864 and illustrated in the 18th century by the architect Louis-François Cassas. Their works contribute to Palmyra's legacy, one that goes far beyond the stones of its once great buildings.

Image: Temple of Bel, cella entrance (detail), Jean Baptiste Réville and Pierre Gabriel Berthault after Louis-François Cassas, 1799. From Voyage pittoresque de la Syrie, de la Phoénicie, de la Palestine, et de la Basse Egypte (Paris, 1799), vol. 1, pl. 46. The Getty Research Institute, 840011

Traveling Exhibitions

Harald Szeemann: Museum of Obsessions
Grandfather: A Pioneer Like Us