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Harald Szeemann’s mother did not approve of “When Attitudes Become Form.” A resident of Bern, Switzerland, where his famous exhibition took place in 1969, she was horrified by “Attitudes” and the controversy it caused. I’m getting all these terrible phone calls, she wrote to her son. You have to stop doing these gag exhibitions.
That letter from Mrs. Szeemann is one of many archival documents on view on the ground floor of the Ca’ Corner della Regina, the 18th-century Venetian palazzo where Germano Celant, curator of the Prada Foundation, has recreated Szeemann’s groundbreaking show, working in collaboration with the artist Thomas Demand and the architect Rem Koolhaas. This may not be the main event in town—that would be the biennale—but still it’s made an impact. On the second of three press preview days, people were lining up outside, bumping umbrellas in the rain.
The next time you have 10 minutes to spare, take a look at the brief and wonderful video below that the Getty Research Institute has put out about the legendary Swiss curator Harald Szeemann, who was responsible for shows like the breakout classic of post-minimalism “Live in Your Head: When Attitudes Become Form” at Germany’s Kunsthalle Bern and Documenta 5, in Kassel, Germany in 1972. (And, whoa! Ubuweb has the whole catalogue for the former online.)
Back in the 1970’s, Richard Tuttle’s art was a hard sell for many curators and museum goers. The story goes that his very adventurous 1975 show at the Whitney Museum helped lead to the firing of curator Marcia Tucker, who went on to found the New Museum.
Almost 20,000 art history texts will soon be a few clicks away for anyone using the Internet. The Getty Research Institute announced that on May 31 it will launch the Getty Research Portal, a search engine of sorts to the digitized content of many of the world’s premier art-history libraries and institutions.
The portal, which is open to anyone on the Internet (not just professional researchers), aggregates content from those sources, linking to the full books on participating members’ servers.
With their “Pacific Standard Time” initiative nearing its end, the Getty Foundation and the Getty Research Institute are spearheading a similar, though more modest, exhibition series to open in April, 2013, focused on architecture and urban planning in Southern California.
The Getty Center in Los Angeles will present a survey exhibition, “Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940-1990,” while seven institutions, including the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Hammer Museum, will present simultaneous shows related to the urban landscape of L.A. and the surrounding cities following World War II.