Last weekend, I finally have gone to the exhibition of Bertrand Goldberg: Architecture of Invention.
At first, I was amazed by how beautifully the great show had been designed with the respect of Renzo Piano’s Modern Wing museum design. The details of walls were consistent with identical trims, and they were softly rounded throughout the galleries with flat mirrored gateways. You can see the space here. I could appreciate John Ronan Architects design reflecting Goldberg’s fascination with curved forms and geometries. Especially, I liked the signature curved wall of concrete at the entrance of the show.
The exhibition had the Goldberg’s work including drawings, models, and photographs, along with his graphic and furniture designs. One drawing that caught my eye at first was the Marina City Theater Roof and Partial Concrete Frame Development drawing.
I wonder how difficult it would be to calculate and draft curved roof back then without computer aid. It was very interesting to see the drawing of the theater in that regard. There were so many beautiful and interesting drawings that took a while to go through. Due to Goldberg’s rounded forms and geometry, most of perspective illustration drawings looked very futuristic and visionary that can be easily appear in Science-Fiction graphics like Archigram.
Then, I could find a photo collage work of Delaware Senece Hotel perspective drawing. When I looked closely I was able to see where the fine-cuts were made and how it was done. It was a very delicate work as all were.
In addition, his model studies and presentation models were very fascinating to look at. Among them, ABC Office Building model was huge, and I was surprised by the condition of the model for its age.
Then, when I saw River City I model, it was a very detailed model with impressive labored work. All the cuts and tiny rods were in right place with three identical tall towers. I couldn’t imagine the amount of time someone had to spend to make them, not one, but three. Restless spirit! However, together, it looked rigid and spectacular personally in my opinion.
I am sure you could find many more interesting works of his at the exhibition although it will end this weekend. (Jan. 15th, 2012) Through Goldberg’s history from North Pole Ice Cream stand (1938) to River City (1980’s), I could witness his consistency and ambitious presentations with creative spirit.
For more information about the exhibition, ArchitecutreChicago Plus has a great post that cover a combination of Goldberg’s exhibitions at The Arts Club of Chicago, and The Art Institute of Chicago.