Building Culture: Tom Krens, William Weld, and Max Hollein
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Guggenheim Bilbao. Photo by Mario Roberto Durán Ortiz
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco's Director Max Hollein welcomes Thomas Krens, Director Emeritus of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, and William Weld, former Governor of Massachusetts, for a program on the role that arts institutions play in shaping the life of cities. Krens' presentation will include examples of influential projects he has spearheaded, including his 20 years at the Guggenheim, during which its global expansion beyond New York reached a constellation of cities including Bilbao, Venice, Berlin, Las Vegas, and Abu Dhabi (upcoming). Krens' global work continues through his vision in conceiving the master plan for an entirely new cultural district in Abu Dhabi called Saadiyat Island, where the Louvre opened its outpost on November 11 as the first of many institutions to come. Krens will also discuss his ongoing work in Western Massachusetts, conceiving and birthing MassMoCA, and his newest project, the Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum. Created “with historical obsession and mesmerizing detail," this hybrid institution will combine model trains with architectural models of famous buildings from 71 architects in a wholly new experiential exhibition design, in a building designed by Krens’ long-time collaborator Frank Gehry. Following Krens’ presentation Hollein will lead a discussion with Krens and Weld about developing new paradigms for urban and cultural development, changing how we view art and architecture in the process.
Complimentary tickets are distributed beginning at 2 pm at the Koret Auditorium entrance. No advance tickets or reservations. Seating is first come, first served.
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