June 27, 2008
The Board of the Foundation La Biennale di Venezia
, chaired by Paolo Baratta, gathered today in the offices of Palazzo Querini Dubois, and on the proposal of the Director, Aaron Betsky
, attributed the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement
for the 11th International Architecture Exhibition
to Frank Gehry
. With this award, the desire is to stress –in line with the spirit of the 11th Architecture Biennale– how much Gehry
’s work is the significant result of years of experimentation. “Frank Gehry
has transformed modern architecture”; writes Aaron Betsky
in his motivation. “He has liberated it from the confines of the ‘box’ and the constraints of common building practices. As experimental as the art practices that have been his inspiration, Frank Gehry
’s architecture is the very modern model for an architecture beyond building”.
The Board has also underlined the important presence Gehry
will have in Venice
with his Venice Gateway
, the water gate linking the city to the airport.