"Building consist of foundations, walls, and roofs. To these material elements, architecture adds an ineffable quality that enriches the lives of those who live and work in and around it." Such as a few of the words greeting visitors to the Guggenheim Museum's new Frank Lloyd Wright exhibition.
Kicking off officially tomorrow (which has been declared Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Day in NYC by Mayor Bloomberg) Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward is the first time an FLW exhibition of this scope has been exhibited in one of the architectural master's own spaces. The occasion? The 50th anniversary of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum's famous building on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. (Pictured at left is the man of the hour on the construction site. © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York)
Museum patrons have until August 23 to wander the famed spiral walkway, taking in more than 200 original FLW drawings, as well as models and digital animations of Wright's portfolio including interpretations of nine of Wright's un-built or demolished projects. The exhibit's name comes from Wright himself, who noted "The building is no longer a block of building material dealt with, artistically, from the outside. The room within is the great fact about building—the room to be expressed in the exterior as space enclosed." Addressing the press crowd this morning, Phil Allsopp, president and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, noted "It's our hope that visitors don't just see Frank Lloyd Wright, but also get an insight into the art of what's possible."