Guggenheim Museum and Frank Lloyd Wright

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My very first visit to the Guggenheim Museum in New York City was long overdue. But what a fitting first visit it was this past weekend to see the exhibit “Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward“- about the architect who designed the museum, which is showing until the end of August. In addition to being reminded of the Guggenheim being the last building Wright finished designing, I was also reminded of what a revolutionary thinker he was. The use of radiant heating system in the floor and pushing our preconceived idea of what buildings should be, while truly exploring the relation of scale and space.

The exhibit was a fairly chronological walk through Wright’s works, showing sketches and drawings that we’re not used to seeing since it’s much easier to see the finished building. I found it rather insightful to see his thought process in many of the sketches and doodles alongside the finished architectural plans. I did wish that there was more talk about what influenced Wright’s work, his ideas, and his thought process rather than just a display of his accomplishments and achievements. I came away wanting more discussion about conflict and struggle, since many of his project proposals were never realized. One of my favorite pieces is the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo; distinctly Frank Lloyd Wright, yet also distinctly Japanese. It’s a shame that this building has since been demolished and can only be seen through images.

My friend Holly and I noticed that quite a few of the architectural models commissioned for the exhibit were built by Situ Studio in Brooklyn. It turns out that that Frank Lloyd Wright didn’t do much model-making himself and mainly worked off his drawings. Of course there were a couple exceptions to better communicate with the client- the Guggenheim being one.

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View more images and read a review from the New York Times.

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