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The exhibition “Frank Gehry: I Have an Idea,” currently at 21_21 Design Sight and curated by fellow architect Tsuyoshi Tane, crams in a lot, but it’s not exactly a linear retrospective. Rather, it’s an upward look at a man on a tightrope — a man who must balance form and function; rein in creativity with efficiency, precision and organization; square the client’s objectives with his own desire to stretch the medium; and make magic on a large scale. Naturally, it’s no cakewalk.

The exhibition’s preface depicts the scale of his work with aerial footage of Gehry’s masterpieces — Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Foundation Louis Vuitton — projected on several walls. The takeaway: These creations are simply too large and complex to be viewed from one spot.

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