Please join us for a tour of Harald Szeemann: Museum of Obsessions, the new and unique exhbition at the Getty Research Library. Co-curator Pietro Rigolo will walk and talk us through this marvelous display of unusual works curated by one of the art world's most eccentric collectors.
A distinguished advocate of conceptual art and postminimalism, and a figure who became synonymous with the advent of globalism in contemporary art, Harald Szeemann (Swiss, 1933–2005) developed a new form of exhibition-making that centered on close collaborations with artists, and a sweeping international vision of contemporary culture. Szeemann's exhibitions covered vast areas of research, challenging traditional narratives of art history and often embracing creative fields outside the visual arts. For each of his more than 150 installations and exhibitions, Szeemann added materials to his vast library and research archive, which he referred to as the "Museum of Obsessions." His museum comprised not only the physical place of the archive but also a mental landscape that encompassed all moments of genius and artistic intensity.
Following the talk we can all meet in the Getty Cafe for lunch together, and an afternoon exploring the Getty campus. Attendance is limited to 18.