October 15, 2009 - Guggenheim Bilbao - Frank Lloyd Wright
October 15, 2009

Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright during construction of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, ca. 1959. Photograph by William Short. © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York.

Frank Lloyd Wright
October 22 – February 14, 2010

Avenida Abandoibarra,

48001 Bilbao



Co-organized by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Curators:

Thomas Krens, Curator and Senior Advisor for International Affairs, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation; David van der Leer, Assistant Curator of Architecture and Design, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; María Nicanor, Curatorial Assistant, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, Director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives; Margo Stipe, Curator and Registrar of Collections of the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives; Oskar Muñoz, Assistant Director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives; and Mina Marefat, curatorial consultant for the Baghdad module of the exhibition.

Sponsored by Iberdrola

Frank Lloyd Wright is the largest and most comprehensive exhibition on this American architect of the many that have been held in Europe to date.

• 63 of the noted architect’s visionary designs are represented in nearly 200 original drawings, historical and new scale models, digital animations and other contents displayed in Frank Gehry’s iconic building.

• A singular exhibition layout reveals how the famous architect revolutionized the concept of space by designing “from within outward”.

Fifty years after the opening of the acclaimed Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao celebrates this iconic building’s golden anniversary by presenting Frank Lloyd Wright, the largest and most comprehensive exhibition that Europe has ever dedicated to one of the greatest architectural geniuses of the 20th century.

The exhibition, to be held from October 22, 2009, through February 14, 2010, is co-organized by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, with the generous sponsorship of Iberdrola. It features 63 visionary architecture projects that range from private homes and civic and government buildings to religious and performance spaces, as well as unrealized urban mega-structures.

The show’s singular layout allows visitors to discover the heterogeneous nature of Wright’s designs in nearly 200 of the renowned architect’s original drawings together with 12 new scale models and digital animations that bring his unrealized projects to life. This comprehensive overview of his work will take on special significance in the context of a landmark of 20th-century architecture, namely the building designed by Frank Gehry to house the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

For us, it is an honor to present this exhibition as a tribute to one of the great pioneers of modern architecture, and to offer visitors a singular chance to contemplate his visionary projects from an original perspective — and, displayed in the spaces designed by Frank Gehry, these works take on a whole new dimension,” says Juan Ignacio Vidarte, General Director of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and Chief Officer for Global Strategies of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.

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