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Upcoming Exhibition


 
MONUMENTality
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


Online Exhibition


 
The Legacy of Ancient Palmyra
ONLINE ONLY

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


Frank Gehry – Hans Scharoun: Strong Resonances
Harald Szeemann: Museum of Obsessions
Grandfather: A Pioneer Like Us