Frank Lloyd Wright died on April 9 1959 – six months before the opening of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum – his masterpiece.
Fifty years after the realization of Wright’s renowned spiral, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum celebrates the golden anniversary with a major exhibition "Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward" and with the publication of the first book to explore the 16-year construction process behind this great modern building.
The exhibition brings together sixty-four projects, including privately commissioned residences, civic and government buildings, religious and performance spaces, as well as unrealized urban mega-structures. Presented on the spiral ramps of Wright’s museum through a range of mediums—including more than 200 original Frank Lloyd Wright drawings, many of which are on view to the public for the first time, as well as newly commissioned models and digital animations.
The book (to be released on June 1st 2009) The Guggenheim: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Making of the Modern Museum examines the history, design, and construction of Wright’s masterwork.
with drawings, models, and photographs, it includes three major essays
by Hillary Ballon, Neil Levine and Joseph Siry that consider the
building in three important contexts: Ballon discusses the obstacles
Wright faced in getting the Guggenheim built and how his complex
relationship with New York City was reflected in his design. Levine
explores why Wright's Guggenheim had much greater impact on museum
architecture than museums designed by Le Corbusier and Ludwig Mies van
der Rohe. Siry writes about the museum’s novel construction and how it
impacted the work of a later generation of architects including Frank
Gehry, Louis Kahn, and I.M. Pei.
Exhibition from May 15 to August 23 2009
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street) - New York, NY -USA