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Front of Harald Szeemann's address list for his visit to New York in preparation for the exhibition Live in Your Head: When Attitudes Become Form (detail), 1968. The Getty Research Institute, 2011.M.30


  Front of Harald Szeemann's address list for his visit to New York in preparation for the exhibition Live in Your Head: When Attitudes Become Form, 1968. The Getty Research Institute, 2011.M.30

Harald Szeemann:
Museum of Obsessions

February 6–May 6, 2018 | The Getty Center
During his career from the 1960s through the early 2000s, Swiss curator Harald Szeemann covered vast areas of research and challenged traditional narratives of art history in over 150 installations and exhibitions. For each exhibition Szeemann added materials to his extensive library and research archive, dubbed the "Museum of Obsessions." The GRI's eponymous exhibition is divided into thematic sections—"Avant-Gardes," "Utopias and Visionaries," and "Geographies"—to examine Szeemann's trailblazing form of exhibition-making that centered on close collaborations with artists and a sweeping international vision of contemporary culture.

A reconstruction of Szeemann's 1974 exhibition Grandfather: A Pioneer Like Us at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles accompanies this exhibition from February 4 to April 22, 2018.

Learn more about the GRI's exhibition.


  Photos and auction catalogs from the 1910s in the GRI's provenance research holdings

Provenance Research—A Personal Concern

Conversation | March 1, 2018 | 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
GRI Director Thomas W. Gaehtgens is joined by Stephanie Barron (senior curator, Los Angeles County Museum of Art), Simon Goodman (author of The Orpheus Clock), and James Welu (director emeritus, Worcester Art Museum) for a conversation discussing provenance research in its many contexts: in museums, as part of an object's documentation or for use in an exhibition; privately, to write and understand one's family history; and, legally, in an effort to establish rightful ownership in the wake of Nazi-era dispossessions and thefts.

This event is organized in collaboration with Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz and the German Program for Transatlantic Encounters.

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  Rosetta Stone rubbing from prototypes for Post-Partum Document VI, Mary Kelly, 1978. The Getty Research Institute, 2017.M.39

Mary Kelly Papers and Post-Partum Document Archive

The archive of artist Mary Kelly (b. 1941) documents her career from the late 1960s until the present, and sheds light on her practice as one of the late 20th century's most significant conceptual and postmodern artists and a key figure in the transmission of poststructuralist and psychoanalytic theory to artists and arts scholars in the United States. This latest acquisition includes Kelly's teaching materials, such as her fascinating classroom and lecture notes, ephemera related to her involvement with feminism and other social movements, and archival material for her seminal artwork Post-Partum Document (1973–1979).

Learn more about this archive.



Promote, Tolerate, Ban: Art and Culture in Cold War Hungary

Edited by Cristina Cuevas-Wolf and Isotta Poggi
Paintings, sculptures, photographs, posters, advertisements, mail art, and underground samizdat literature represent the diverse modern art forms and radical aesthetics created during Hungary's Soviet-aligned era under minister János Kádár (1956–1989). This book explores the political reforms and artistic experimentations under the regime's authoritarian cultural policy (promote, tolerate, ban), provides context for the vibrant debates behind the production of Cold War art and culture in Socialist Hungary, and is illustrated by art and cultural artifacts from the GRI, the Wende Museum, and public and private archives in Budapest.

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  Detail of a map showing Paris's reorganization into 12 arrondissements by Napoleon Bonaparte, 1802. The Getty Research Institute, P910001 (18)

Maps of Paris

Finding Aid
A collection of 152 maps of Paris dating from 1754 to 1907 covers the period when Paris was transformed into a modern metropolis under Napoleon Bonaparte and his nephew, Napoleon III. These maps—amassed by collector and dealer André Jammes—feature hand-colored illustrations and vignettes of famous monuments. Changes instigated by Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann during the 1850s and 60s, such as the creation of modern water and sewer systems, the rebuilding of the Île de la Cité, and the expansion from 12 to 20 arrondissements, can be seen prominently across the maps from this time period.

This collection is also digitized and available for free online.

Browse the finding aid.


  The Musée du Louvre's Guilhem Scherf at the Getty Center, 2017

Bouchardon and His Contemporaries

Video of April 2, 2017 Symposium
Held in conjunction with the Getty Museum's 2017 exhibition Bouchardon: Royal Artist of the Enlightenment, the keynote, lectures, and panel discussions from this symposium explore 18th-century artist Edme Bouchardon's relationships with his contemporaries—including other artists, patrons, and connoisseurs—and investigate the diffusion and reception of his oeuvre.

Watch all five videos in this series.


In Conversation: Carolee Schneemann on Her Art and Archive

Conversation | March 20, 2018 | The Getty Center


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