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The first drawings and sketches of Frank Gehry acquired by the Getty Research Institute of Los Angeles



The Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles has acquired an archive of works by architect Frank Gehry that spans his first 30 years in practice.

Announced yesterday, the purchase part, gift package includes a comprehensive overview of the projects from the start of the 88-year-old Canadian architect's career.

"Frank Gehry is undoubtedly the most famous living architect in the world," said Thomas W Gaehtgens, director of the Getty Research Institute.

"This vast archive, covering the first three decades of his illustrious career, offers an in-depth look at the genesis of Gehry's distinctive style and includes several of the projects for which he is internationally known."

The Gehry Archive includes about 1000 sketches, more than 120,000 working drawings and over 100,000 slides.


The Gehry Archive includes approximately 1,000 sketches created by the architect during the first three decades of his career
Hundreds of boxes of office records, personal papers and correspondence, 168 working models and 112 presentation templates are also included.

The material encompasses Gehry's graduate studies at the 1988 competition entry for the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles, the year before he won the prestigious Pritzker Prize for Architecture .

The collection also contains digital files that represent the development by the architect of the software platforms necessary for it to plan the construction of its complicated buildings.

Gehry lives in the house he designed for himself in Santa Monica, part of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. His development for the City's Sunset Strip was approved in August 2016, and he was also appointed as principal planner for the LA sterile river.

His best known works include the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris and the Facebook Campus in California. The rehabilitation of the architect of the Museum of Art of Philadelphia is due to the break today.


The material encompasses Gehry's graduate studies at the 1988 competition entry for the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown LA
"I am honored by the attention of the Getty Research Institute who took advantage of the history of my work, my beginnings and other things that I never thought anyone would be interested in," Gehry said .

"I am very moved that this great institution, with its resources to seek the best examples of creativity in our world, has found me an interesting festival, and I will always be grateful."

The trust Getty was launched by businessman and art collector J Paul Getty in 1953. The institution and its museum are now housed in a complex designed by Richard Meier in the Santa Monica Mountains.

In August 2016, the Getty Foundation donated more than $ 1 million to preserve the modern architectural monuments, including the first building of Lina Bo Bardi and the villa of Eileen Gray disfigured by Le Corbusier.

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