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Getty Institute gains Frank Gehry archives

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.