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