Records consist of design plans, gallery and promotional graphics, material samples, slides, photographs, and administrative
materials created and maintained by the J. Paul Getty Museum's Exhibition Design Department, dating from 1991 through 2006
(bulk 1997-2005). The records include exhibition planning materials and a slide show/presentation about design at the Getty
The J. Paul Getty Museum was established as a charitable trust in 1953 by oil tycoon J. Paul Getty in order to house his growing
art collections, with his original Museum opening in 1954. Upon Getty's death in 1976 he bequeathed almost his entire estate
to the Museum with a mission to promote "the diffusion of artistic and general knowledge." Today the J. Paul Getty Trust is
an international cultural and philanthropic organization serving both general audiences and specialized professionals. The
Trust is a not-for-profit institution, educational in purpose and character, that focuses on the visual arts in all of their
dimensions. As of 2014 the Trust supports and oversees four programs: the Getty Foundation, the Getty Conservation Institute,
the Getty Research Institute, and J. Paul Getty Museum. The Museum serves a wide variety of audiences through its expanded
range of exhibitions and programming in the visual arts from two locations in the Los Angeles area: the Getty Villa near Malibu
and the Getty Center in Brentwood.
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The following types of records are permanently closed: records containing personal information, records that compromise security
or operations, legal communications, legal work product, and records related to donors. The J. Paul Getty Trust reserves the
right to restrict access to any records held by the Institutional Archives.