29 November-20 December 2011. The European premiere Casabella Laboratorio displays 75 pieces from the Surimono collection owned by the American architect, designer and writer Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959). This heritage, which belongs today to the F. L. Wright Foundation, has been discovered over 30 years after the disappearance of the artist and has been presented to the public for the first time at the Phoenix Art Museum and at the Los Angeles County Museum in 1995. Japanese art, and especially woodblocks and prints, were for Wright a sort of obsession. This passion started in 1896 during the exhibition and sale of over 440 ukiyo-e prints by the collector Ernest Fenollosa in New York.
Throughout his career Wright designed thousand of structures such as offices, churches, schools, skyscrapers, hotels, and museums as well as interior elements such as furniture and stained glass. According to Wright