Frank Gehry Archive Acquired by L.A.'s Getty Research Institute
The collection includes materials spanning 1954-1988, the first 30 years of Gehry's career—from his graduate studies to his competition entry for Downtown L.A.'s Walt Disney Concert Hall. He won the prestigious Pritzker Prize one year later.
The Gehry Archive comprises approximately 1,000 sketches, more than 120,000 working drawings and over 100,000 slides. Hundreds of boxes of office records, personal papers, and correspondence, 168 working models, and 112 presentation models are also included … The collection also contains digital files, which represent the architect's development of the software platforms needed for him to be able to plan the construction of his complicated buildings.
Selections from the archive, particularly relating to Disney Hall, will be on view at the institute April 25 – July 30, 2017 as part of the exhibit Berlin/Los Angeles: Space for Music.