The show, “Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior,” opens Sunday at the Rahr-West Art Museum and runs through Aug. 4.
It will include drawings of homes and interiors, period photographs of interiors and some blueprints, said Gregory Vadney, the museum’s executive director. Along with that exhibit, the museum will show seven framed textiles and 10 furniture pieces designed by Wright as part of a partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Wright-designed Bernard Schwartz House in Two Rivers. The additional items are on loan from UW-Madison and several Wright-designed homes in Wisconsin.
“The thing that I think Wright captured was a community-centered life in all of his buildings. It was all centered on gathering people in a large space,” Vadney told HTR Media. “He did it in a modern way, not a lot of ornamentation … huge fireplaces, big windows, but done in an extremely 20th century way so people thought of them as sleek and modern and at the same time very comfortable.”
Wright was a Wisconsin native and long had a home, Taliesin, in Spring Green.
Vadney said one reason Wright’s work lives on is that so many architects have been influenced by him. Some of the hallmarks of Wright’s work are varied ceiling heights and the use of desks, tables and other furnishings to create smaller living spaces within the large main room, he said.
Admission to the exhibit is free, and visitors will receive a free ticket to tour the Bernard Schwarz House in Two Rivers. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.
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