27 Sept-10 Jan 2010. An exhibition at Triennale celebrates the famous Canadian architect Frank O. Gehry and his work over the last 12 years. On show are projects produced by the 80-year-old California-based architect as well as films, photographs, drawings, models and a commentary by Gehry himself.
One focus of the exhibition is the use of different materials at different stages in Gehry's career. 1997 marked a significant turning point for the architect through the introduction of titanium forms into his work, which recall the carp that he used to admire as a child. Gehry used this technique in the construction of the 54,000 sqm Guggenheim museum in Bilbao and also in the one in Abu Dhabi, which should be completed by 2012 and is seven times bigger than the Spanish museum. Gehry's projects encourage visitors to always consider the building in relation to the surrounding land and city, such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the DZ Bank Building in Berlin, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago and the Atlantis Sentosa resort in Singapore.
Gehry was born in 1929 and became an architect in the early 1960s, but he only came to fame in the 1970s with the remodeling of his home in Santa Monica, which is now a tourist attraction. Gehry is one of the first ''starchitects'' and has won numerous awards including the Pritzler award, the greatest architecture prize, in 1989.