Frank Gehry Lured Back to MOCA


Image: Tom Bonner via MOCA

Frank Gehry has announced he will return to the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) for a large exhibition on local architects on June 16. Gehry’s fellow award-winning architect, Thom Mayne, will also be involved in the exhibition.

After previously withdrawing his participation in the exhibition, Gehry will be returning to MOCA for “A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture From Southern California” exhibition at MOCA’s Geffn Contemporary building. The exhibition will run from June 16 to September 16 and include the work of 37 Los Angeles architects over the past 25 years, according to The Los Angeles Times. Mayne told The Times that this exhibition “was too important a showcase for L.A. architects – especially ones a generation or two younger than Gehry and himself – to allow it to be sidetracked.” Mayne reportedly was the one who called Gehry to reconsider his participation in the exhibition.

“I said, ‘Frank, this is a collective community, you want to be in the show.’ It’s nice to have him back. He’s the world’s most famous architect, without a doubt.” Mayne said.

Gehry’s section of the exhibition “will focus on a recent work, his never-to-be-built design for the National Art Museum of China in Beijing.”

Gehry is known for numerous renowned buildings, including the 1997 Guggenheim Bilbao Museum of Spain and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. He won the Pritzker in 1989.

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