Frank Gehry

About the Exhibition - Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry has revolutionized architecture’s aesthetics, social and cultural role, and relationship to the city. His pioneering work in digital technologies set in motion the practices adopted by the construction industry today. The Canadian-born, Los Angeles–based architect’s work interrogates a building’s means of expression, a process that has brought with it new methods of design and technology as well as an innovative approach to materials. Gehry's innovation and ability to push the boundaries of architecture garnered him the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1989.

Frank Gehry presents a comprehensive examination of his extraordinary body of work from the early 1960s—he established his firm in Los Angeles in 1962—to the present, featuring over 200 drawings, many of which have never been seen publicly, and 65 models that illuminate the evolution of Gehry’s thinking. Tracing the arc of his career, the exhibition focuses on two main themes: urbanism and the development of new systems of digital design and fabrication, including his use of CATIA, a software tool used in the aeronautics and automobile industries, which allows the digital manipulation of 3-D representations. This retrospective offers an opportunity to reflect on the development of Gehry’s work and to understand the processes of one of the great architectural minds.

This exhibition is organized by the Centre Pompidou, Musee National d’Art Moderne, Paris, in association with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The exhibition is presented by:                Generous support is provided by:      

All exhibitions at LACMA are underwritten by the LACMA Exhibition Fund. Major annual support is provided by Kitzia and Richard Goodman, with generous annual funding from Janet Chann and Michael Irwin in memory of George Chann, Brad and Louise Edgerton, Edgerton Foundation, Emily and Teddy Greenspan, Jenna and Jason Grosfeld, Lenore and Richard Wayne, and the Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation.
Installation Photograph, Frank Gehry, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, September 13, 2015–March 20, 2016. © Gehry Partners, LLP, Los Angeles; photo © Fredrik Nilsen.

Highlights - Frank Gehry

Gehry Residence Model

Frank Gehry
1977-78 and 1991-94, Santa Monica, California
16 1/8 x 72 1/16 x 48 1/16 in. (41 x 183 x 122 cm)
MAK-Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art, Vienna
© 2015 Gehry Partners, LLP, photo © 2015 Gerald Zugmann/MAK 

Chiat\Day Building Final Model

Frank Gehry
1985-91, Venice, California
8 x 39 x 32 in. (20.3 x 81.3 x 78.8 cm)
Gehry Partners, LLP, Los Angeles
© 2015 Gehry Partners, LLP, image courtesy Gehry Partners, LLP

Fondation Louis Vuitton Final Design Model

Frank Gehry
2005-15, Paris, France
43 x 123 x 50 in. (109.22 x 312.42 x 127 cm)
Gehry Partners, LLP, Los Angeles
© 2015 Gehry Partners, LLP, image courtesy Gehry Partners, LLP

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, design sketch of the riverfront elevation

Frank Gehry
c. 1991, Bilbao, Spain
9 x 12 in. (22.9 x 30.5 cm)
Collection Frank Gehry, Los Angeles
© 2015 Gehry Partners, LLP, image courtesy Gehry Partners, LLP

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Video - Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry on his Career and Sources of Inspiration

The Frank Gehry exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of art presents a comprehensive examination of the architect's extraordinary body of work from the early 1960s—he established his firm in Los Angeles in 1962—to the present, featuring over 200 drawings, many of which have never been seen publicly, and 65 models that illuminate the evolution of Gehry’s thinking.

In this video, Gehry talks about his path as an architect, the people who influenced him, and concepts he resonates with.