Frank Lloyd Wright

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Frank Lloyd Wright
artist's name: Frank Lloyd Wright
preferred medium: architecture
nationality: US
born: 1867
died: 1959
born in: Richland Center
lives in: Phoenix
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Frank Lloyd Wright - Profile

The celebrated American architect and designer Frank Lloyd Wright was born in Richland Center , Wisconsin, in 1867. In 1885 Frank Lloyd Wright began to study mechanical engineering at the University of Wisconsin but by 1887 had dropped out to work in the Chicago architectural practice of Joseph L. Silsbee. Not long afterwards he transferred to the practice of D. Adler and L. Sullivan, who were among the most distinguished progressive architects of their day. He was responsible for commissions for private houses. In 1893 Frank Lloyd Wright founded a practice of his own in Chicago. By 1909 he had designed and built about fifty private houses in what is known as the "Prairie Style", low buildings of stone, brick, and wood that fitted harmoniously into their surroundings and were comfortable, spacious, and steeped in atmosphere. "Robie House" (1906) is regarded as the most mature example of the "Prairie House"; the interior was also designed throughout by Frank Lloyd Wright . Between 1903 and 1905 Frank Lloyd Wright worked on designing and building the Larkin Building for the Larkin Company in Buffalo. In 1904 Frank Lloyd Wright even designed a metal swivel chair for the Larkin offices. In 1905 Frank Lloyd Wright designed "Unity Temple" in Oak Park, a Chicago suburb. From 1909-1911 he traveled through Europe. In Berlin he consulted with the publisher Ernst Wasmuth on a book about his work. Frank Lloyd Wright built his own house, "Taliesin", at Spring Green, Wisconsin, in 1911. In 1916 Frank Lloyd Wright received the prestigious commission to design the "Imperial Hotel " in Tokyo and he spent most of his time from then on until 1922 in Japan. In 1922 Wright opened a practice in Los Angeles. In the late 1920s, however, the worldwide economic slump forced Wright to move back to Spring Green. There he founded the "Taliesin Fellowship", a blend of architecture school and guild. Until 1934 Frank Lloyd Wright and his students developed "Broadacre City", a utopian housing project. In 1935 Edgar J. Kaufmann, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright 's, commissioned his teacher to build him a house, "Falling Water", at Mill Run , Pennsylvania. He also designed the interior of "Falling Water"; the entire house was equipped with underfloor heating. For S.C. Johnson & Son, Wright built the Johnson Wax Building in Racine, Wisconsin, between 1936 and 1939. In the 1940s he began working on the plans for the celebrated round building that was to house the Guggenheim Museum. By the time Solomon R. Guggenheim died in 1949, the spectacular spiral interior of the Museum was causing heated disputes with the executors of his estate. The Guggenheim was not completed until 1959, six months after he himself died at the age of ninety-two. He always took advantage of cutting-edge design and technologies but never neglected a humanitarian approach to form that fitted into its context as a whole: "The good building makes the landscape more beautiful than it was before the building was built." (Ketterer Kunst)

10 important exhibitions with Frank Lloyd Wright

Exhibition Exhibitor City Country Start date
Living in America: Frank Lloyd Wright, Harlem, and Modern Housing Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery New York US 08.09.2017
Frank Lloyd Wright: Buildings for the Prairie Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) Milwaukee US 28.07.2017
Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive MoMA - Museum of Modern Art New York US 12.06.2017
Paper Play: Kindergarten to Contemporary Art Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) Milwaukee US 19.11.2016
Conversations with the Collection: Belonging Smart Museum Chicago US 16.08.2016
Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal MoMA - Museum of Modern Art New York US 01.02.2014
Engagierte Architektur – Manifeste zur Veränderung der Gesellschaft Pinakothek der Moderne München DE 14.06.2012
AMERICAN SUMMER Pinakothek der Moderne München DE 08.07.2011
UNIVERSO RIETVELD - architecture art design MAXXI - Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo Rom IT 13.04.2011
Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) Milwaukee US 12.02.2011
Line and Form: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Wasmuth Porfolio Dallas Museum of Art Dallas US 30.01.2011
The Presence of Absence Columbia Museum of Art Columbia US 14.01.2011
Frank Lloyd Wright Guggenheim Museum Bilbao - Museo Guggenheim Bilbao ES 15.10.2009
Frank Lloyd Wright Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York US 15.05.2009
Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling MoMA - Museum of Modern Art New York US 20.07.2008
ArchiSkulptur / ArchiSculpture Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg Wolfsburg DE 01.04.2006
Art Miami 2005 Meulensteen New York US 07.12.2005
ArchiSkulptur Foundation Beyeler Riehen CH 03.10.2004
Singular Forms (Sometimes Repeated) - Art from 1951 to the Present Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York US 19.05.2004
Modern Means: Continuity and Change in Art from 1880 to the Present Mori Art Museum Tokio JP 28.04.2004
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