Ghosts in the House


Just as the annals of twentieth-century architecture began drawing to their close, a thrilling and largely unexpected denouement was provided by Frank Gehry. The completion of his Guggenheim Museum Bilbao of 1991-1997 in the Basque country’s largest city caused a sensation of a sort not experienced since Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim opened in New York almost forty years earlier. The first Frank’s startling concrete coil on FifthAvenue has long been regarded as the museum’s own greatest work of art, as now so is its titanium-swathed Spanish branch...

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