Getty Acquires Important Research Collection for Modern and Contemporary Art


LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Getty Research Institute announced 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 som