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Material exercises in paper. Photographer: Alfred Ehrhardt, ca. 1928–1929. The Getty Research Institute, 2017.R.21. © Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung


  Material exercises in paper. Photographer: Alfred Ehrhardt, ca. 1928–1929. The Getty Research Institute, 2017.R.21. © Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung

Bauhaus Beginnings

Through October 13, 2019 | The Getty Center
Bauhaus master Josef Albers contributed to the development of material studies in the school's Preliminary Course. Albers insisted his students cultivate sensorial comprehension of textures and contrasts and challenged his students to explore the structural and conceptual limits of materials such as paper. Photographs of these exercises are currently on display as part of the exhibition Bauhaus Beginnings.

Gallery tours are held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. except for July 4.

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  Farbenkugel in 7 Lichtstufen und 12 Tönen (Color Sphere in 7 Light Values and 12 Tones), Johannes Itten, 1921. Lithograph. From Bruno Adler, ed., Utopia: Dokumente der Wirklichkeit I/II (Weimar, 1921), pullout from inside cover. The Getty Research Institute, 85-B9544-2. © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ProLitteris, Zurich

Bauhaus: Building the New Artist

Online exhibition |
Bauhaus master Johannes Itten's reinterpretation of the color sphere formed a basis for color instruction in the Preliminary Course. Itten reimagined the sphere as a flattened star to display its dark-light polarities on a single plane, illustrating his theory of color based on seven categories of contrast: hue, light-dark, cold-warm, complementarity, analogy, saturation, and extension. Images of Itten's color sphere and other objects are freely available as part of the online exhibition Bauhaus: Building the New Artist.

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  Artworks gathered for repatriation after World War II, Johannes Felbermeyer, photographer, ca. 1945–1949. Felbermeyer Photographs for the Central Collecting Point, Munich. The Getty Research Institute, 89.P.4

More than 500,000 German Sales Records Digitized

Nearly 570,000 records of artwork sales from 1900 to 1929 on the German art market have now been added to the Getty Provenance Index as part of a four-year digitization and metadata project at the GRI. Researchers of provenance and the art market now have unprecedented information on auction sales in Germany and Austria during the periods of World War I, the Weimar Republic, and the years of Nazi looting prior to and during World War II.

Learn more about the German sales catalogs and search the database.



Building an Online Exhibition

Facebook Live | July 16, 2019 | 10:30–10:45 am
Join Bauhaus: Building the New Artist user experience designer Ramon Tapales and content strategist and editor Andrew Kersey as they provide a behind-the-scenes look at the objects from the GRI's collections that inspired the look and feel of this online exhibition. Tapales and Kersey discuss how the project came together and how these rare and intriguing objects played a role in the online exhibition design and editing process.

Watch online on July 16.

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Out of Bounds: The Collected Writings of Marcia Tucker

Edited by Lisa Phillips, Johanna Burton, and Alicia Ritson, with Kate Wiener
Bringing together influential and hard-to-obtain texts, Out of Bounds showcases Marcia Tucker's lifelong commitment to pushing the boundaries of curatorial practice. Comprising three sections, the volume includes monographic texts on a selection of artists whom Tucker championed, exhibition essays from group shows she organized, and other critical works such as lectures. Together, these texts create a comprehensive bibliography of Tucker's work and highlight her attention to art's relationship to broader culture and politics.

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  Nikolaus Pevsner personal diaries, 1918. The Getty Research Institute, 840209. Gift of the Family of Sir Nikolaus Pevsner

Nikolaus Pevsner Papers, 1903–1982

Finding Aid
The Nikolaus Pevsner Papers contains documentation, including correspondence, manuscripts, lectures, and research material, of Pevsner's role as one of the leading architectural historians of the 20th century. An interesting recent addition to the archive is a series of diaries, at times written in shorthand code, kept by the adolescent Pevsner from 1916 to 1923. Some volumes contain additional artifacts including letters, photographs, and even a leather bracelet, inserted in small pockets formed by gluing pages together.

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A Colorful Afternoon: Cornelia Funke's Adventures Through the Bauhaus

Reading and Exhibition Tour | Sunday, September 29, 2019 | 2:00 pm | The Getty Center


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