Frank Gehry, celebrated architect, shocks Spanish media with obscene gesture

Frank Gehry, the world-famous American-Canadian architect, was in Spain to receive a prestigious award Friday, but shocked his hosts when he responded to a reporter's question by flipping him the bird.

The American-Canadian architect responded to reporter's question by flipping him the bird

Architect Frank Gehry is in Spain to receive the 2014 Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts from Spanish King Felipe VI. (Juanjo Martin/EPA)

Architect Frank Gehry travelled to Spain to receive a prestigious award but shocked his hosts by responding to a reporter's question with an obscene gesture and making contemptuous comments about most modern architecture.

Gehry shocked his hosts Thursday with the obscene gesture and biting comments about modern architecture. (J.L. Cereijido/EPA)
The American-Canadian was in the northern city of Oviedo to accept one of Spain's Prince of Asturias prizes Friday.

Local media reported that on the eve of the ceremony, Gehry reacted with a rude gesture at a news conference when asked if his work was based on spectacle.

Gehry said 98 per cent of buildings today lack sensitivity and respect for humanity, according to El Pais.

He has created the Guggenheim Museum in Spain, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, an arts centre sponsored by the LVMH Fashion Group.


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