Getty Institute gains Frank Gehry archives

Architect Frank Gehry attends a press visit at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in the Bois de Boulogne, western Paris, October 17, 2014. Reflecting sky, clouds and light, the airy and audacious building designed by Los Angeles-based architect Gehry and built on a one-hectare plot in the west of Paris resembles a swaying ship sitting next to a cascading rectangular pool of water. The Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation, an art museum and cultural center, will open to the public on October 27, 2014 after three special open days for the Inaugural Weekend.  REUTERS/Benoit Tessier (FRANCE - Tags: SOCIETY TRAVEL HEADSHOT)

The Getty Research Institute has acquired the archive of architect Frank Gehry.

The Frank Gehry Papers cover more than thirty years of his career and includes comprehensive material on some of his best-known projects.

The acquisition is part purchase and part gift.


Thomas Gaehtgens, director of the institute, said: “Frank Gehry is undoubtedly the world’s most famous living architect. This extensive archive, covering the first three decades of his illustrious career, offers an in-depth look at the genesis of Gehry’s distinctive style and includes many of the projects for which he is internationally known.

“The Getty Research Institute’s architectural holdings, especially in modern and contemporary architecture and design from the West Coast, are unparalleled and widely used. This standout addition connects with threads throughout these collections, and I’m sure it will quickly become an indispensable resource for researchers and curators.”

The archive encompasses the period from Gehry’s early graduate studies to the 1988 competition entry for the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

It includes drawings, partial and complete models, project documentation, correspondence, photographs and slides, relevant to 283 projects designed between 1954 – the Romm House project –  and 1988 – the Disney Concert Hall competition.

The collection also includes materials produced after 1988 for projects which were initiated before that date, including construction documents and models for the Disney Concert Hall, along with early design drawings for the Grand Avenue Project, which is still in development.

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