Frank Gehry Interview: On Los Angeles



“The movie industry is the most powerful figure that gives form and feeling to the city.” In this short video, the legendary architect Frank Gehry (b.1929) shares his warm feelings toward Los Angeles – a city in which artists have always been camouflaged by movie stars and movies, enabling them to “work under the radar.”

The landscape of Los Angeles, where you’re near mountains and snow as well as the desert and the ocean, is also something that Gehry finds very exciting: “You have a lot of options.” Moreover, he finds that its Spanish origin is still evident in the city: “The residual Spanish feeling is still here.”

Frank Gehry (b. 1929) is a Canadian-born American architect, who is known for his trademark sculptural style. Although critical opinion is sometimes divided over his radical, whimsical structures, Gehry’s work made architecture popular in a way not seen in the U.S. since Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959). A number of Gehry’s buildings have become world-renowned attractions and have been cited as being among the most important works of contemporary architecture in the 2010 World Architecture Survey, which later led Vanity Fair to label him as “the most important architect of our age.” Among his best-known buildings are Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao (which fellow architect Philip Johnson once dubbed “the greatest building of our time”), Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, Neuer Zollhof in Dusseldorf, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle, Dancing House in Prague, Biomuseo in Panama City, and Cinémathèque Francaise in Paris. Furthermore, his private residence in Santa Monica is the award-winning ‘Gehry House’. Gehry is the recipient of multiple prestigious awards including the Pritzker Architecture Prize (1989), the Praemium Imperiale (1992), National Medal of Arts (1998), AIA Gold Medal (1999), Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Lifetime Achievement (2000), Prince of Asturias Award (2014), J. Paul Getty Medal (2015) and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2016).

Frank Gehry was interviewed by Marc-Christoph Wagner at his studio in Santa Monica, Los Angeles in November 2018.

Camera: Rasmus Quistgaard
Produced by: Marc-Christoph Wagner
Edited by: Roxanne Bagheshirin Lærkesen
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2019

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