Making a Classic Modern: Frank Gehry’s Master Plan for the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Exhibition at Philadelphia Museum of Art
On View: July 1, 2014 - September 1, 2014
Dorrance Special Exhibition Galleries, first floor
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Frank Gehry exhibition coming to the Philadelphia Museum of Art! The exhibition presents the comprehensive design for the renewal and expansion of the Philadelphia Museum of Art by internationally celebrated architect Frank Gehry. Best known for the expressive sculptural forms of buildings such as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, Gehry’s approach to this project is dramatically different and virtually unique. It focuses on the transformation of the interior of the PMA's main building through the renovation of beloved spaces like the Great Stair Hall, dramatic improvements to how our visitors will enter and move through the Museum, and the creation of a substantial amount of new space for the display of more works of art and for a new Education Center.

It's an exhibition not to be missed! You will learn more about a great building and how this project proposes both to conserve and improve it. Carefully detailed, large-scale models, architectural drawings, photographs, video, and interactive technologies will be featured in the exhibition.

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More about Frank Gehry, from the PMA

Raised in Toronto, Frank Gehry moved with his family to Los Angeles in 1947. He received a bachelor of architecture degree from the University of Southern California in 1954, and studied city planning at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. In subsequent years, Gehry has built an architectural career that has spanned more than five decades and has produced public and private buildings in North America, Europe, and Asia. Hallmarks of Gehry’s work include a particular concern that people exist comfortably within the spaces he creates, and an insistence that his buildings address the context and culture of their sites and the budgets of his clients.

Frank Gehry’s work has earned him several of the most significant awards in the field of architecture. He was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 1974, and his buildings have received more than one hundred national and regional AIA awards. In 1977 Gehry was named recipient of the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1989 he was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize, perhaps the premier accolade of the field, which honors “significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture.”

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All images compliments of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

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