Posted on June 7, 2011
LOS ANGELES—The Getty Research Institute is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Harald Szeemann Archive and Library—one of the most important private research collections for modern and contemporary art in the world.
The largest collection ever acquired by the Getty Research Institute, the Szeemann acquisition contains a vast amount of unique archival materials from important visual artists and cultural luminaries, which will significantly enhance the GRI’s reputation as a center for modern and contemporary art scholarship. Following the recent joint acquisition of the art and archival material of Robert Mapplethorpe by The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the J. Paul Getty Trust, this major acquisition further establishes Los Angeles as one of the key places for the study of 20th-century art.
Perhaps the most influential curator of the second half of the 20th century, Harald Szeemann is synonymous with some of the most important artistic developments of the postwar era. An ardent advocate of conceptualism, postminimalism, happenings, and performance, and of artists as varied as Joseph Beuys, Bruce Nauman, Richard Serra, and Cy Twombly, Szeemann developed a new way of exhibiting art, closely collaborating with artists and incorporating a sweeping global vision of contemporary culture.
“The Szeemann archive will set the research agenda in contemporary art for the next generation of scholars,” said Thomas Gaehtgens, director of the Getty Research Institute. “Harald Szeemann was a legendary figure, and his archive captures his brilliant scholarship, the incredible breadth of his vision, and the intensity of his relationships with artists.”
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