With Trump Elected, Frank Gehry Wants to Move to France

Gehry and Trump have a long standing dispute.

US-Canadian architect Frank Gehry at the Georges Pompidou - Beaubourg art center in Paris, 2014. Photo Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images
US-Canadian architect Frank Gehry at the Georges Pompidou - Beaubourg art center in Paris, 2014. Photo Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

Frank Gehry has revealed that French president Francois Hollande has given him his word that he could self-exile to France now that Donald Trump has been elected the 45th President of the United States.

The 87-year-old Canadian-born, American architect spoke to the French paper La Croix on November 4—prior to the US elections—discussing in a lengthy interview why, having created some of the world’s most recognizable museums, such as the Guggenheim Bilbao and the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, it still irks him that some critics don’t consider him an artist.

Winner of the 1989 Pritzker Prize, Gehry also offered his insights on the approaching election warning that, much like politicians, “Most buildings built in the world are not interesting. And people do not care. They seem to be in denial. It is the same type of behavior that can elect Donald Trump…”.

With the bleak prognostic becoming a reality, the starchitect might see himself emigrating to a new country, with a big welcome from its leader.

But, as the paper Le Figaro points out, Gehry might have good reason to leave the US (beyond the urge to show resistance, that is). Gehry has a long standing dispute with the president-elect, going back to 2010, when the Beekman Tower in Manhattan, designed by Gehry, surpassed the Trump Building located just next to it by a few centimeters, thus becoming the tallest residential building in New York.

In a frightening campaign that saw one debate devolve into a discussion about the size of his manhood, it is safe to assume that those few centimeters hurt Trump.

In a recap of the feud published on Curbed in November 2010, Gehry claimed that Trump was holding a grudge, and revealed that he had once turned down a project by Trump, adding a comment about his hairdo.

It remains to be seen whether he will act on his promise following the result of the election.


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