The Frank Gehry’s Museum In Panama


Last Sunday my wife and I drove over to La Calzada de Amador to take pictures of Frank Gehry’s Museum, still under construction, although you can visit it during Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  Even though it was a dark, overcast day with cobalt skies, I was able to take several pictures with my ole Canon PowerShot A720 IS.

For those of you who are not familiar with Frank Gehry, let me say that he is a Canadian-American architect known for postmodern designs, including the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain.  Based in Los Angeles since the 1960s, Gehry is among the most acclaimed architects of the 20th century, and is known for his use of bold, postmodern shapes and unusual fabrications.

Frank Gehry was creative at a young age, building imaginary homes and cities from items found in his grandfather’s hardware store. This interest in unconventional building materials would come to characterize Gehry’s architectural work.

In 1956, Gehry moved to Massachusetts with his wife, Anita Snyder, to enroll at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He later dropped out of Harvard and divorced his wife, with whom he had two daughters. In 1975, Gehry married Berta Isabel Aguilera, then a Panamanian citizen, and had two more children.

Perhaps as a deference to his Panamanian wife, he accepted to design a museum in Panama City.  When it is finished, I’m certain it will become one of the main tourist attractions of the country, next to the Panama Canal, the Old Shell of Panama City, and the Ruins of Panama Viejo.

Below are some of the pictures of the Gehry’s Museum shot last Sunday.  Enjoy.

Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

In an effort to create some expectation for more pictures of Frank Gehry’s work in Panama, I thought it would be proper to avoid saturating the reader with excessive pictorial content.  If you have enjoyed today’s post, then please return tomorrow to view the remaining pictures of this outstanding work of art.  Good Day.

5 thoughts on “The Frank Gehry’s Museum In Panama”

  1. Oh, dear. It looks like a big Texas truck stop after an F4 tornado’s rolled through. I do find I tend to either like or dislike the various things Gehry has done. The use of color is good. It’s fits in Panama in a way it wouldn’t fit in other places.

    Looking forward to the next photos. I do like the one here where you got down low and included the vegetation. That would look great on a brochure or calendar.

  2. Gehry’s work is very controversial. Either you love his work or hate it. But one thing is true, he is an artist who designs “out of the box”. His use of color for this specific museum is very aesthetic.

    Next week we plan to return and visit it inside. The admittance fare is only $6.00 for retirees.

    The rest of the pictures will be posted tomorrow, and then we’ll move on to another subject as time slowly slides by.

  3. I agree with Linda’s tornado remark. It’s all about taste though, isn’t it? I remember when the Picasso statue was put up in the government plaza in Chicago around ’67 and how people howled about how horrible it is. Now it’s iconic and simply seeing a picture of the work will make people think of the city.

  4. As they say, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. I’ve heard mixed comments about Frank Gehry’s work. For example the building to house the memories of Ike Eisenhower designed by Gehry has been rejected on several occasions by Ike’s family.

    The same thing happened with the Eiffel Tower. Everybody thought it was a huge pile of useless crap. Now it’s an iconic building of the City of Light. Nothing is white or black, there’s a lot of grey in between.

    Nice to receive a comment from you. Anything new of your boat project?

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