Ascona Film Festival proudly presents : Being Harald Szemann

Durante l’Ascona Film Festival avremo come ospite d’onore Ingeborg Lüscher, artista di fama mondiale (anche attrice negli anni ’60 !), e vedova di Harald Szemann. Ingeborg è una nuova amica dell’Ascona Film Festival e gentilmente verrà a raccontarci l’avventura con il Getty Research Institute che ha acquisito l’immenso archivio di Szemann.


The Getty Research Institute acquires the Harald Szeemann archive.

As the largest single archival collection ever acquired by the Getty Research Institute, the Harald Szeemann Archive and Library is an essential and significant resource for the study of 20th century art and art history. Perhaps the most famous curator of the post-World War II era, Szeemann was an ardent advocate of modern and contemporary art, from Dada, surrealism, and futurism, to conceptualism, postminimalism, performance art, and new forms of installation and video art.

The Harald Szeemann Archive and Library contains a comprehensive record of Szeemann’s correspondence with major artists, curators, and scholars from the late 1950s until his death in 2005, as well as significant collections of material from the early 20th century. It encompasses approximately 1500 linear feet of archival research files, containing letters, ephemera, prints, drawings, floor plans, date books, videotapes, and a complete photographic record documenting Szeemann’s projects and the artists with whom he was associated.

Learn more about the Harald Szeemann Archive at the Getty Research Institute’s website:…

Partial funding for cataloging the Harald Szeemann Papers has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Images courtesy of the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2011.M.30)
Copyright J. Paul Getty Trust

Music by Andres Renteria, Yuk, and Azzurro from INTO INFINITY, a project of dublab + Creative Commons

Video © 2013 J. Paul Getty Trust


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