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Frank Gehry: Architect

December 03, 2001 /

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Bilbao, Portugal
On view: October 31, 2001 - February 17, 2002

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His self-knowledge and understanding of the creative process encourages him not to invest too heavily in the current outcome.  He knows that by encouraging rather than resisting the destruction of his latest iteration or paradigm or model, he would get to design again from a higher plane of knowledge and information and do it better the second time.  Frank embraces architecture as an endless, evolving process./Thomas Krens

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Frank Gehry Architect presents over 30 of Gehry's most significant works and follow the significant evolution of his visual language and working process.  Throughout the exhibition, many projects are illustrated with Gehry's signature gestural sketches that prefigure the forms to come.  Programmatic and program models follow, and final design and photographs depict the finished works.  Within this scheme, the exhibition reveals the all-important interaction between Gehry and his clients and the strong working relationship he has with the many talented members of his staff.

The brilliant exhibition, designed for the Guggenheim New York by a Frank Gehry and Associates team headed by Edwin Chan, opened its second venue at the Guggenheim Bilbao on October 31st.  It is a wild feeling being inside the building looking at the models of the building.....

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Japanese artist Hiro Yamagata created an installation "Photon 999" in the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao pond to mark the opening of the exhibition.

The artwork is made up of 15 laser systems that create an unexpected yet inviting enclosed environment made entirely of light and its reflection against the Museum surface that transports the visitors into another realm or dimension. This work reveals the artist's interest for the relationship between science, technology, and art and his exploration of natural phenomena, especially of the energy of light as manifest by the sun. In Yamagata's words, the use of light beams generated by laser projectors and other technology devices facilitates the perception of these solar elements that we would not be able to sense or understand otherwise.  

There is a fully illustrated catalogue, published by the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Edited by J. Fiona Ragheb, the catalogue features a preface by Thomas Krens, an introduction by Mildred Friedman, and essays by Jean-Louis Cohen, Director of the Institute Franais d' Architecture, Paris, and the Sheldon H. Solow Professor in the History of Architecture, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University; Beatriz Colomina, Associate Professor, History and Theory of Architecture, Princeton University; William J. Mitchell, Professor of Architecture and Media Arts and Sciences, and Dean, School of Architecture and Planning, MIT; and J. Fiona Ragheb. The catalogue is designed by Bruce Mau Design.

Last updated: December 19, 2013

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