On the Road with Paola Lunghini


Frank O. Gehry Since 1997

A must for those who love the famous architect Frank O. Gehry: the first exhibition dedicated to the 'archistar' (but he hates this appellation) is being held in Italy, at the "La Triennale" Building in Milan downtown. Inaugurated on Sept 27, the exhibition brings together a selection of projects created since the "ground-breaking stylistic change" introduced by the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao in 1997, through to the present day.

By Paola G. Lunghini, Editor in Chief of Economia Immobiliare

The projects on show, most of which are being shown for the first time, have been selected together with the Canadian architect: from the DZ Bank Building in Berlin (1995-2001), to AGO – Art Gallery of Ontario (2000-2008), the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago (1999-2004), and the Interactive Corporation Headquarters in New York (2003-2007), through to the Atlantis Sentosa resort in Singapore and the Abu Dhabi branch of the Guggenheim Museum, on which design work started in 2005 and 2006. They form an exhibition that examines not only the buildings but also the way they interact with their surrounding areas, in a town-planning approach to architecture.

The buildings are illustrated through films, photographs, drawings, and models, showing the various stages in the creation of the project, as well as through the words of the architect himself.

At the same time, there are also videos illustrating the materials adopted for the technologies used by Gehry in the various stages of the creative and construction process. Interviews and displays illustrate the origin and particularities of the Gehry Technologies group.

The exhibition is accompanied by a splendid catalogue published by Skira, which illustrates all Frank O. Gehry's projects, whether or not shown in Milan, from the stylistic innovation of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao through to the present day. It includes drawings by hand, office designs, 3-D works, models, and photographs of the finished works: from the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles (1989-2003) to the Corcoran Gallery in Washington DC (1999-2005), and The Experience Music Project in Seattle (1995-2000), through to the Beekman Street housing complex in New York (2003-2009).

The exhibition will last until January 10, 2010.

The Art Gallery in Ontario.


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