Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry

Born in 1929, in Toronto (Canada)


Born in Toronto in 1929, Frank Gehry moved to Los Angeles with his family in 1947. After graduating with an architecture degree in 1954, he studied city planning at Harvard in 1956 before opening his own agency in Los Angeles in 1962. Gehry initially worked in the modern tradition on large-scale projects, while enriching his frame of reference through his contact with artists. His own family home in Santa Monica (1978) serves as a manifesto for his style, with its distinctive use of unconventional materials (wire mesh, sheet metal) sourced from the local area, as well as the disjointed facades. Gehry’s bold yet whimsical architecture offers a different approach to building. It subverts the notion of weight, creating shapes that seem to float like clouds. It is innovative with its visual interruptions, but also creates a narrative, a futuristic concept full of surprise and emotion that Gehry accentuates through the use of computer modelling. In 1989 Gehry was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize. His significant projects include the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis (1993), the Dancing House in Prague (1996) and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao (1997). In 2003 Gehry completed the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein. Opened in 2014, the Gehry-designed Fondation Louis Vuitton, commissioned by Bernard Arnault, is rooted in French 19th century culture while incorporating the technological advances of the 21st century.

Selected Bibliography

Migayrou, Frédéric ; Bredekamp, Horst ; Cherruet Sébastien... [et al.]. Frank Gehry : La Fondation Louis Vuitton : [exposition, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, 24 octobre 2014-16 mars 2015]. Paris : Fondation Louis Vuitton, 2014.

Lemonier, Aurélien ; Migayrou, Frédéric. Frank Gehry : [Exposition Centre Pompidou, Musée national d'art moderne, Galerie Sud, Paris, 8 octobre 2014-26 janvier 2015]. Paris : Centre Georges Pompidou, 2014.

Museum of contemporary art (Los Angeles, Calif.) ; Hodge, Brooke. F.O.G. : flowing in all directions : [exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 7 September 2003-26 January 2004]. Los Angeles : Circa : Museum of Contemporary Art, 2003.

Ragheb, Fiona J. ; Cohen, Jean-Louis ; Colomina, Béatrice... [et al.]. Frank Gehry, architect : [exposition], Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New-York, May 18-August 26, 2001 ; Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, October 29, 2001-February 1, 2002. New York : Guggenheim Museum Publications, 2001.
Gehry Frank O. : projets en Europe : [exposition], Centre de Création Industrielle, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 13 mars-10 juin 1991. Paris : Centre Georges Pompidou, 1992. 

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