No building was more anticipated than Frank Gehry's stunning new museum in Bilbao, an industrial city in the Basque Country of northern Spain. Philip Johnson, the dean of American architects, declared it "the greatest building of our time," while Sverre Fehn, winner of the 1997 Pritzker Architecture Prize, called the building "fantastic." Gehry's use of nontraditional materials and his sensitivity to the environments of his buildings is legendary; his method of envisioning a building through semiautomatic drawings and ...
No building was more anticipated than Frank Gehry's stunning new museum in Bilbao, an industrial city in the Basque Country of northern Spain. Philip Johnson, the dean of American architects, declared it "the greatest building of our time," while Sverre Fehn, winner of the 1997 Pritzker Architecture Prize, called the building "fantastic." Gehry's use of nontraditional materials and his sensitivity to the environments of his buildings is legendary; his method of envisioning a building through semiautomatic drawings and handmade models is little known, but provides an immediate entry into his creative process. This book celebrates the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and details its design process, bringing to life one of Gehry's greatest achievements. Coosje van Bruggen, who has collaborated with Gehry on various architectural and art projects, documents the history of the Guggenheim Bilbao from conception through design and construction. With unique access to the architect and his studio, she uncovers scores of fascinating drawings and working photographs, published here for the first time.
This handsome, mint, First Edition, paperback, Guggenheim Museum Publications, 1997, has matt pictorial covers. The book size is 9.5" w x 10.75" h with 207 pristine pages on heavy high quality paper. The book is extensively illustrated and the whole building is so glamorous that it was good enough to star in a James Bond movie! ISBN 0892071923. "Perhaps more than any other art institution in the world, the Guggenheim understands the power of a single building to define its image. Frank Lloyd Wright's landmark Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York is recognized universally as an architectural icon of the modern era, and, since its opening in 1959, has become synonymous in the public mind with the name Guggenheim. And yet, the Wright building is only one of many spaces that the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation has occupied since its founding in 1937. It has exhibited the masterpieces from its permanent collection in many homes, including a former car showroom in midtown Manhattan and a Fifth Avenue townhouse that was later demolished to make way for the present Wright building. Since 1976, the Guggenheim has also encompassed the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, an eighteenth-century palazzo on Venice's Grand Canal, and, for the past five years, the Guggenheim Museum SoHo, designed by Arata Isozaki; in November 1997, the Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin, designed by Richard Gluckman, will open on Unter den Linden, a spectacular location in a revitalized Berlin. With Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, a new star shines brightly in the Guggenheim constellation. The museum has already been hailed by the world's leading architects and architectural critics as a profoundly important and visionary building. A museum for the twenty-first century, it perfectly complements our New York City base. In April 1991, I invited Gehry to Bilbao in response to a proposal by the Basque Government to embark on an unprecedented cultural partnership with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. As it turned out, Gehry won the competition to design the new museum; I could scarcely have imagined the building that would be unveiled to the public in October 1997. Perhaps every client in the position to award a choice commission and guide its development secretly prays that the chosen architect will reward that confidence with the "greatest" building of his or her career. In this case, we-the Guggenheim Foundation, the Basque government, and the people of Bilbao-enjoy the tremendously good fortune to have elicited from Gehry his best work." ( Preface-Thomas Krens )
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