Mar 31, 2017

By Andy Johnson

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The Getty Research Institute has acquired a major portion of Toronto-born architect Frank Gehry’s archives.
The material spans from 1954 when he studied architecture at USC to 1988, when he submitted the winning design for Walt Disney Concert Hall.
The acquisition, dubbed “The Frank Gehry Papers”, cements the Getty s reputation as a top destination for architectural archives and underscores the contribution the 88-year old architect has made.

The content of the contribution, which was part purchase and part gift, is massive: about 1,000 sketches, more than 120 thousand working drawings, 168 working models and hundreds of boxes of office records, personal papers and correspondence.

The Gehry papers document 283 projects that he designed in his first 34 years of practice.  His buildings include the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, and the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris.

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