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Olson Kundig Wins International Design Competition for Bob Dylan Center

Wed August 01, 2018 - West Edition #16
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Dedicated to the study and appreciation of Bob Dylan and his worldwide cultural significance, the Center will serve as the primary public venue for The Bob Dylan Archive.
(Olson Kundig photo)
Dedicated to the study and appreciation of Bob Dylan and his worldwide cultural significance, the Center will serve as the primary public venue for The Bob Dylan Archive. (Olson Kundig photo)
Dedicated to the study and appreciation of Bob Dylan and his worldwide cultural significance, the Center will serve as the primary public venue for The Bob Dylan Archive.
(Olson Kundig photo) Olson Kundig’s winning competition entry was focused on the notion of Bob Dylan as a “Master of Change.”
(Olson Kundig photo)
The Institute for Bob Dylan Studies is housed at the University of Tulsa and is an academic program focused on Dylan and Dylan-related cultural significance.
(Olson Kundig photo)

Olson Kundig has been selected through an international design competition to design The Bob Dylan Center, the public-facing home of The Bob Dylan Archive, located in the Tulsa Arts District.

Dedicated to the study and appreciation of Bob Dylan and his worldwide cultural significance, the Center will serve as the primary public venue for The Bob Dylan Archive, a collection of more than 100,000 items spanning nearly 60 years of Dylan's career, from handwritten manuscripts, notebooks and correspondence, to films, videos, artwork, memorabilia and original studio recordings.

The Center is envisioned as a dynamic, multifaceted venue, housing permanent, temporary and traveling exhibitions readily accessible by artists, historians, musicologists and the general public seeking a deeper comprehension of Dylan's work, his influences and the offshoots inspired by his legacy.

Olson Kundig's winning competition entry was focused on the notion of Bob Dylan as a “Master of Change.” Understanding Dylan's life and career as a portrait of transformation, Design Principals Tom Kundig and Alan Maskin envisioned the new Bob Dylan Center as the embodiment of continual change, from the building's architectural approach to its exhibit design and rotating installations.

The Center will coexist and interact with two related entities: The Bob Dylan Archive and The Institute for Bob Dylan Studies. The archive is currently located at the Helmerich Center for American Research in Tulsa, Okla., where only qualified researchers and scholars may access the permanent repository.

The Institute for Bob Dylan Studies is housed at the University of Tulsa and is an academic program focused on Dylan and Dylan-related cultural significance. These institutions will unite under the banner of The Bob Dylan Center where, for the first time, Dylan's legacy will be accessible by the world at large.