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150 years of the birth of Frank Lloyd Wright


Frank Lloyd Wright was born on 8 June 1867 in Richland Center, in the US state of Wisconsin, exactly 150 years ago. Various institutions have organised a series of events, exhibitions and activities to commemorate the anniversary.

The New York MoMA hosted until 1 October a major exhibition on the architect, displaying approximately 450 works that included from drawings or maquettes to furniture, audiovisual works or photographs. Among them there were some little-known or never-before-seen pieces. The New York institution viewed the show as a major anthological retrospective of Wright’s work, organised into 12 sections featuring the respective key elements.

Fallingwater is also hosting an exhibition under the title of “Wright for Wright”, which focuses on this house designed and built by the architect for himself. The show explores the poetry of his most personal creativity through his studio house in Oak Park and the Taliesin and Taliesin West residences.

In addition to Fallingwater, which is also staging a series of conferences, some of Wright’s most important constructions are celebrating the anniversary with open days. The Unitarian church of Oak Park is joining the celebrations with the opening in June of the important restoration works initiated in 2015.

All of these events join the initiatives that in recent years have called for the universal recognition of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work. In 2015, for example, the candidature was entered to have a suite of 10 of his works declared World Heritage Sites by Unesco, among them well-known sites such as Fallingwater, Frederick C. Robie House or New York’s Guggenheim museum.

The Fallingwater exhibition is until December 2017.


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