You need only take a stroll around Venice Beach or Downtown LA to see the aesthetic impact starchitect Frank Gehry has had on his adopted home city.
Myriad local landmarks – from the sinuous Walt Disney Concert Hall to post-perching Norton House to the postmodernist Loyola law buildings – are the result of his boundary-pushing creative vision.
So it is only fitting that the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is now paying tribute to Gehry’s extraordinary works with a major, eponymously titled exhibition.
Created in collaboration with the unorthodox urbanist’s own firm, the retrospective (which first showed at the Centre Pompidou in Paris) brings together models of 65 iconic Gehry buildings spanning from the early 1960s to the present day – think the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and Paris’ Cinémathèque Française. These stunning scaled-down constructions are teamed with drawings, plans, photographs and his own personal affects.
Meanwhile, the technologies section highlights Gehry’s revolutionary use of innovative digital software that went on to shape contemporary industry practices. Or, for those as forward-looking as the man himself, there are areas that explore his current works (yep, at 86 he’s still sketching) and his role in planning the new Los Angeles River precinct. Just Gehr-eat!
Until 20 Mar, 2015.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art / 5905 Wilshire Blvd / Miracle Mile / +1 323 857 6000 / 11am-5pm Mon-Tue & Thu, 11am-8pm Fri, 10am-7pm Sat-Sun / lacma.org