Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Fifty years after the realization of Frank Lloyd Wright’s renowned design the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum celebrates the golden anniversary of its landmark building.
The exhibition takes its title from Frank Lloyd Wright’s musings on the importance of interior space in shaping and informing a structure’s exterior.
|The building is no longer a block of building material dealt with, artistically, from the outside, the room within is the great fact about building – the room to be expressed in the exterior as space enclosed.|
|/Frank Lloyd Wright|
Few designs in Wright’s oeuvre so well illustrate the concept of designing “from within outward” as the Guggenheim Museum, in which the interior form gives shape to the exterior shell of the building.
The anniversary exhibition brings together 64 projects designed by one of the most influential architects of the 20th century, 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 media, 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 exhibition illuminates Wright’s pioneering concepts of space and reveals the architect’s continuing relevance to contemporary design.
During his 72-year career, Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959), who died just six months before the opening of the Guggenheim, worked independently from any single style and developed a new sense of architecture in which form and function are inseparable. Known for his inventiveness and the diversity of his work, Wright is celebrated for the awe-inspiring beauty and tranquility of his designs.
His innovative designs complement the surrounding environment of the site and intensify the physical, emotional, and social experience of flowing, continuous space within them. In his earliest designs, such as the Larkin Company Administration Building and Unity Temple, Wright carefully deconstructs the box-like environment of his European contemporaries by opening up corners and using walls merely as screens to enclose tranquil interior spaces.
Whether creating a private home, workplace, religious edifice, or cultural attraction, Wright sought to unite people, buildings, and nature in physical and spiritual harmony. To realize such a union in material form, Wright created environments of simplicity and repose through carefully composed plans and elevations based on consistent, geometric grammars.
|Rather than a retrospective, this exhibition focuses on the diversity of Wright’s vision and the ways he sought to realize it, conveying fresh perspectives on how the buildings themselves celebrate that vision through spaces that enrich our lives with their transformational power.|
|/Phil Allsopp, President and CEO, The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation|
|CITY||New York, New York|