Magnificent Obsession: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buildings and Legacy in Japan

Magnificent Obsession: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buildings and Legacy in Japan.

The influence of Japanese aesthetics on Frank Lloyd Wright’s design vision was profound. Magnificent Obsession: Frank Lloyd Wright's Buildings and Legacy in Japan is the story of how he repaid that debt.

Wright was introduced to Japanese art and architecture early in his career in Chicago. His visits to the Japanese national pavilion, the Ho-o-den, at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago were the young architect’s first physical encounters with Japanese architecture.

In 1911, as Wright worked to rebuild his architecture practice in Chicago after a year abroad in Europe, he was recommended as a potential designer for the new Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. For six tumultuous years, from 1917 to 1923, he struggled to complete the enormous commission of the Imperial Hotel, which helped reinvigorate his career. During the construction of the building, he forged several relationships with Japanese architects who went on to alter Japan's cityscapes and mentor a new generation of architects. Wright's obsession with Japan, and vice versa, vividly reminds us that the creative spirit knows no borders.

The program will be introduced by Frank Lloyd Wright Trust Curator, David Bagnall.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017


5 – 7:30 pm


Robert R. McCormick Theatre, Chicago History Museum, 1601 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614


Free, registration required