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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 an art and design school whose brief but highly influential existence coincided with the tumultuous yet exceptionally creative years of the Weimar Republic in Germany (1919–1933). Emerging from an artistic circle with a distinctly expressionist vision, the Bauhaus sought to produce a new kind of artist by blending theory with practice in pursuit of holistic education and a unity of the arts.

Bauhaus Beginnings marks the centenary of the school's founding. Focusing on the relationship between expressionism, abstraction, and modernist thought as played out through various forms of pedagogical exchange, the exhibition highlights the Getty Research Institute's extensive collection of Bauhaus material, including student work, teaching resources, and rare prints, drawings, and photographs.

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