• Frank Gehry – an Exhibition in Paris

    by  • October 14, 2014 • Architecture, City Breaks, Exhibitions, Paris

    Celebrating some of the world’s most iconic architectural phenomenon.

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    If you know a thing or two about architecture, or indeed if you’ve been on a city break to Bilbao in the past 17 years, then the chances are that the name Frank Gehry is one that you’ll immediately recognise. Synonymous with surrealist structures, Frank Gehry’s visionary and fantastical buildings are renowned the world over for their striking individuality and captivating, photogenic qualities. From Bilbao’s celebrated Guggenheim Museum to Prague’s distinctive Dancing House, be it the Cinématheque Française in Paris, the Vitra Design Museum on the German-Swiss border, the DZ Bank Building in Berlin, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles or the soaring Beekman Tower in New York, Frank Gehry’s architectural genius spans the globe.

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    Paying homage to this visionary icon, Paris’ Centre Pompidou – itself a universally unique structure – plays host to a special global retrospective over the winter months, with 67 models and 225 original drawings celebrating Gehry’s success not only as an architect but as a great urban planner, bridging the gap between art and architecture.

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    Spanning a 50+-year period from the 1960s to the present day, the exhibition comprises two central themes: urbanism and the development of new systems of digital design and fabrication, divided further into six distinctive sections. These include elementarisation/segmentation (1965 – 1980) and composition/assembly (1980 – 1990), fusion/interaction (1990 – 2000), tension/conflict (1990 – 2000), continuity/flow (2000 – 2010) and singularity/unity (2010 – 2015). This retrospective journey ends with a detailed look at the fabulous Fondation Louis Vuitton building, situated next to the Jardin d’Acclimitisation in the Bois de Boulogne, scheduled to be unveiled at the end of October.

    Running until 25th January, 2015, the Centre Pompidou is open daily (except Tuesdays) from 11am until 9pm. Entrance costs 11€-13€ and you’ll get to visit all other exhibitions taking place at the Musée National d’Art Moderne, situated within the Centre Pompidou.

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    With a French grandmother, childhood holidays on the continent and a degree in French and Spanish, a love of languages and travel has always been in my blood. Fresh from university with an unfettered enthusiasm to show off my linguistic ability and first-hand knowledge of the world beyond the UK, I entered the travel industry and, 16 years on, I’m still there! With several years spent in the luxury sector planning escorted holidays across Europe for the American market, followed by an even longer tenure designing short breaks with a difference in the must-see cities of Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Madrid, Prague, Florence, Brussels, Venice, Salzburg, Milan, Krakow and Berlin (to name but a few), it’s fair to say that Europe is my passion! Today my travels have taken me far beyond the boundaries of Europe with so many destinations still to discover, yet the continent abounds in such a wealth of treasures – historical and architectural, cultural and musical, gastronomic, artistic and linguistic – that its appeal, for me, will be eternal.