Analyze the “Spatial” and “Revelatory” Functions of Frank Lloyd Wright’s 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 with the exhibition Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward, co-organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.
Few figures are as ever-present in American architecture as Frank Lloyd Wright, a visionary whose work continues to serve as an inspiration, the bedrock upon which much of modernist architecture is built. From revolutionary Prairie-style dwellings to singular organic designs and accessible Usonian models, Wright’s work rethought architectural tenets—and made Wright a celebrity in his lifetime. Wright was also incredibly prolific, designing hundreds of buildings that run the gamut from individual homes to museums to, in at least one case, a doghouse. While this list is by no means comprehensive—and the numbers here do not designate any kind of ranking—we pulled together this guide to present a picture of the architect’s wide-ranging motifs. From masterpieces to singular, and often unorthodox, ideas, this is your essential primer to the work of Frank Lloyd Wright.
On the whole, 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—Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward illuminates Wright’s pioneering concepts of space and reveals the architect’s continuing relevance to contemporary design.