For the first time in Europe, the Centre Pompidou in Paris will present a comprehensive retrospective of the work of Frank Gehry, from 8 October 2014 to 26 January 2015. Known all over the world for his buildings, many of which have attained iconic status, Frank Gehry, has revolutionised architecture’s aesthetics, its social and cultural role, and its relationship to the city.
The exhibition ‘Frank Gehry’ establishes a narrative arc for a career that effectively started with small-scale, experimental wood-frame studios and houses in Southern California. It describes the development of his formal and architectural language through the different periods into which his career may be divided, from the 1960s to the present. This is done through some 60 major projects, among them the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (1997), the Walt Disney Concert Hall (2003) and the Beekman Tower in New York (2011), all divided into six sections retracing the various stages of his work.
No other exhibition has ever assembled so many projects – with 225 drawings, 67 models and supporting documentation – to offer a reading of this highly distinctive architectural language. Elaborated in close co-operation with Frank Gehry Partners, the design of the exhibition is organized around two key themes: urbanism and the development of new systems of digital design and fabrication.
This exhibit opened at a key time in his life – Gehry’s Museum of Biodiversity in Panama is also inaugurated this October and his Fondation Luma in Arles is currently on site, while the first ever permanent Gehry building in England has been announced recently as part of the Battersea Power Station development. At the same time, his seminal Louis Vuitton Foundation is also due to launch later this month.
Pictures from the exhibit are shown below. Or click here if you’d like to check it this astounding exhibit yourself!