May 08, 2019

Getty Research Institute Appoints Pietro Rigolo as Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Collections

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Los Angeles – The Getty Research Institute (GRI) announced today the appointment of Pietro Rigolo as Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Collections.

Rigolo has been at the GRI since 2013, when he was hired as the subject expert on a team of researchers processing the massive archive of famed curator Harald Szeemann. He is part of the curatorial team for the exhibition Harald Szeemann: Museum of Obsessions which opened at the GRI in February 2018 and traveled internationally.

“Pietro Rigolo brings a wonderful breadth of knowledge, not only about the history of art in the 20th and 21st centuries, but also about the history of curating and the rich intellectual histories that so often surround major artistic movements,” said Glenn Phillips, curator and head of modern and contemporary collections at the Getty Research Institute. “He has a finely-tuned sense of what makes an exceptional archive, and he will be a significant addition to our curatorial team at the Getty Research Institute.”

In addition to his work on the Szeemann archive at the GRI, Rigolo has cataloged the archives of Barbara T. Smith, Maurice Tuchman, Juan Fassio, and of the Margo Leavin Gallery. He has published numerous papers and catalog essays for the Istanbul Biennale, Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Pirelli HangarBicocca, Castello di Rivoli among others, and participated in panel and lectures in the United States, in Europe and in the Middle East.

“I am excited to keep on serving such an esteemed and influential institution in this new role. The years I have been working at the GRI in Special Collections and at the Szeemann project have been a tremendous opportunity for learning, and reflecting on the many challenges and responsibilities we are confronted with as safe keepers, as well as producers of culture,” said Rigolo. “I am looking forward to joining my colleagues in implementing and diversifying our collections, envisaging new ways to present such relevant holdings, produce new knowledge, and engage our global public of researchers, students, and local communities throughout Southern California.”

Rigolo earned a Doctorate in Art History from Università degli Studi di Siena / Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane. He earned his Master’s at Istituto Universitario di Architettura in Venice, Italy.



The Getty Research Institute is an operating program of the J. Paul Getty Trust. It serves education in the broadest sense by increasing knowledge and understanding about art and its history through advanced research. The Research Institute provides intellectual leadership through its research, exhibition, and publication programs and provides service to a wide range of scholars worldwide through residencies, fellowships, online resources, and a Research Library. The Research Library—housed in the 201,000-square-foot Research Institute building designed by Richard Meier—is one of the largest art and architecture libraries in the world. The general library collections (secondary sources) include almost 900,000 volumes of books, periodicals, and auction catalogues encompassing the history of Western art and related fields in the humanities. The Research Library’s special collections include rare books, artists’ journals, sketchbooks, architectural drawings and models, photographs, and archival materials.


The J. Paul Getty Trust is an international cultural and philanthropic institution devoted to the visual arts that include the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Foundation. The J. Paul Getty Trust and Getty programs serve a varied audience from two locations: the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades.


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