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Ho/Horizon/On (detail), Ian Hamilton Finlay, 1968. From The Blue and the Brown Poems (New York, 1968). The Getty Research Institute, 2016.PR.36. By courtesy of the Estate of Ian Hamilton Finlay


  Ho/Horizon/On, Ian Hamilton Finlay, 1968. From The Blue and the Brown Poems (New York, 1968). The Getty Research Institute, 2016.PR.36. By courtesy of the Estate of Ian Hamilton Finlay

Concrete Poetry: Words and Sounds in Graphic Space

Through July 30, 2017 | The Getty Center
Originally published as part of a large folio calendar, entitled The Blue and the Brown Poems, Ian Hamilton Finlay's Ho/Horizon/On (1968) concentrates on the look and sound of common words that are typically taken for granted. In this poem—now on display as part of Concrete Poetry—the repetition of new elements ("no," "on," and "ho ho") gradually overwhelms the visibility of the word "horizon."

Concrete Poetry gallery tours are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. in June.

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  Print of a conceptual sketch, Frank Gehry, 2003. From Walt Disney Concert Hall Portfolio, The Getty Research Institute, 2009.PR.3

Berlin/Los Angeles: Space for Music

Through July 30, 2017 | The Getty Center
Frank Gehry was inspired in his design for the Walt Disney Concert Hall by the concept of the "vineyard landscape" employed by Hans Scharoun in his Berlin Philharmonic. With his building, Scharoun explored interplay between the built landscape and the natural environment, arranging the concert hall as if the performance space were a valley and the audience were seated in the surrounding hills. Gehry was also inspired by nature, creating a dynamic form for his concert hall that emulates clouds and carefully integrates a garden in his plan for the site.

Berlin/Los Angeles gallery tours are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:00 p.m. in June.

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  Concept sketch of the new concert hall (detail), Hans Scharoun, ca. 1956. Akademie der Künste, Hans-Scharoun-Archiv, no. 2692, WV 222. Courtesy of Akademie der Künste, Berlin

Choreography of the City: Hans Scharoun's Philharmonie as a Landscape of the Mind

Lecture | July 12, 2017 | 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Among the many commonalities between sister-cities Los Angeles and Berlin, one of the more unexpected connections between the two lies in each city's space for musical performance—the Philharmonie in Berlin (1963) and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles (2003). In this lecture, Yale Professor of History of Architecture Kurt W. Forster—and founding director of the Getty Research Institute—discusses the role of architect Hans Scharoun in this affinity and whose Philharmonie reinvented the very notion of a concert hall.

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  Seraphim with a thurible from a late medieval rood screen (detail) in Saint Michael's Church, Barton Turf, UK. Photo © Neil Holmes / Bridgeman Images

2017/2018 Getty Scholars and Artists-in-Residence Announced

The GRI and the J. Paul Getty Museum will welcome 42 scholars for the 2017/2018 Scholar Year at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa. The GRI scholars will explore the themes of "Iconoclasm and Vandalism" and "The Classical World in Context: Persia." The scholars, who hail from 13 countries, will investigate topics such as iconoclasms in Africa, traces of the French Revolution in early 19th-century Paris, and art under Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution.

This year, the GRI is also pleased to welcome two artists-in-residence, installation artist James Coleman whose work incorporates elements of film, theater, and narration, and contemporary artist Tian Wei, whose work is influenced by calligraphy and abstract expressionism.

View the list of incoming scholars and learn more about the 2017/2018 research themes.

  Self-Portrait (detail), Kâthe Kollwitz, 1921. The Getty Research Institute, 2016.PR.34. Partial Gift of Dr. Richard A. Simms

2016/2017 Research Projects

The GRI has been conducting new research projects over the past year, each representing a diverse array of disciplines. These projects include "Performance Works: Documenting Feminist Ephemeral Art," an investigation of feminist ephemeral art documentation; "Käthe Kollwitz (1867–1945): Processes and Influences," an examination of the German artist's work, which will be informed by her archive held at the GRI; and "The Score," a born-digital publication on performance scores by avant-garde composers and artists in the mid-20th century.

Learn more about these projects and all of the research the GRI is currently conducting.


  Bird's-eye view of ancient Rome (detail), Etienne du Pérac, drawn 1574, printed ca. 1649–91. The Getty Research Institute, 850002

Anna Laetitia Pecci-Blunt Collection of Maps of Rome, circa 1550–1883

Finding Aid
The Anna Laetitia Pecci-Blunt Collection of Maps of Rome comprises 42 printed maps of Rome, illustrating in minute detail the Eternal City's changing landscape from the mid-16th to the late 19th centuries. The majority of the maps were printed in Rome—with several others from cities across Italy, Germany, France, and the Netherlands—and includes examples by artists Giovanni Battista Piranesi and Antonio Tempesta. The entirety of this collection is digitized and available through the GRI's online catalog.

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In Conversation: Frank Gehry and Kurt Forster

Conversation | July 19, 2017 | 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center


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