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Current Exhibitions

Artists and Their Books / Books and Their Artists
June 26–October 28, 2018

Artists' books occupy a creative space between traditional books and contemporary works of art, challenging what a book can be. This highly visual and experiential presentation of some of the most lively and surprising works from the Research Institute's extensive collections focuses on artists' books that can be unpacked, unfolded, unfurled, or disassembled. They are made to be displayed on the wall or deployed as sculptures or installations. The exhibition seeks to provoke new inquiry into the nature of art and to highlight the essential role that books play in contemporary culture.

Labor Is Entitled to All It Creates, Andrea Bowers, 2012. The Getty Research Institute, 3023-849. Courtesy Andrea Bowers and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. © Andrea Bowers

Promote Tolerate Ban: Art and Culture in Cold War Hungary
May 20–August 26, 2018
On view at the Wende Museum, Culver City

This collaboration by the Getty Research Institute and the Wende Museum of the Cold War showcases a broad range of artworks and cultural artifacts created in socialist Hungary by artists working with the regime, against it, or in spite of it. Starting with the 1956 revolution, the works on display date through the end of the Cold War. A companion book published by the Research Institute accompanies the exhibition.

Sarló és kalapács IV (Sickle and Hammer IV), Sándor Pinczehelyi, Pécs Workshop, 1973 (performance), 2002 (print). The Getty Research Institute 2017.R.27. © Sándor Pinczehelyi

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