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Pietro Rigolo. Photo: Riccardo Banfi.

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

The Getty Research Institute (GRI) has promoted Pietro Rigolo, who has worked as a special collections archivist at the institution since 2013, to assistant curator of its modern and contemporary collections. Rigolo previously served as a subject expert on the research team processing the papers of Swiss curator and art historian Harald Szeemann. He was also part of the curatorial team for the exhibition “Harald Szeemann: Museum of Obsessions” (2018), which traveled internationally following its run at the GRI.

Pietro Rigolo brings a wonderful breadth of knowledge, not only about the history of art in the twentieth and twenty-first 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 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 catalogued the archives of Barbara T. Smith, Maurice Tuchman, Juan Fassio, and the Margo Leavin Gallery, and has published numerous papers and catalogue essays for the Istanbul Biennale, the Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Pirelli HangarBicocca, and the Castello di Rivoli, among others.

Commenting on the appointment, Rigolo said: “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. 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.”

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