Join NBC 5 and enjoy the exhibition, Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture now on view at the Kimbell Art Museum. The American architect, Louis Kahn (1901--1974), designer of the Kimbell Art Museum, is regarded as one of the great master builders of the 20th century. With complex spatial compositions and a choreographic mastery of light, Kahn created buildings of archaic beauty and powerful universal symbolism. In addition to the Kimbell (1966--72), his most important works include the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California (1959--65), and the National Assembly Building in Dhaka, Bangladesh (1962--83). The exhibition Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture, organized by Vitra Design Museum (Weil am Rhein, Germany), is the first major retrospective of Kahn's work in two decades.
In addition to The Power of Architecture, the Kimbell Art Museum is the sole venue for a complementary exhibition, The Color of Light, The Treasury of Shadows: Pastels by Louis I. Kahn from the Collections of His Children. Admission to both special exhibitions is free.
"The Kimbell's Kahn-designed building is acknowledged the world over as an architectural masterpiece," commented Eric M. Lee, director of the Kimbell Art Museum. "Visitors who come to this exhibition will get know Kahn, the architect, and follow him on the thrilling journey that led to the vision for the Kimbell Art Museum."
The exhibition encompasses an unprecedented and diverse range of architectural models, original drawings, photographs and films. All of Kahn's important projects are extensively documented----from his early urban planning concepts and single-family houses to monumental late works such as the Roosevelt Memorial in New York City (1973/74), posthumously completed in October 2012. The view of Kahn's architectural oeuvre is augmented by a selection of watercolors, pastels and charcoal drawings created during his travels, which document his skill as an artist and illustrator. Highlights of the exhibition include a 12-foot-high model of the spectacular City Tower designed for Philadelphia (1952--57), as well as previously unpublished film footage shot by Nathanial Kahn, the son of Louis Kahn and director of the film My Architect. Interviews with architects such as Frank Gehry, Renzo Piano, Peter Zumthor and Sou Fujimoto underscore the current significance of Kahn's work, which is being rediscovered and made accessible to a wide public audience with this exhibition.
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Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture
Now – June 25
Kimbell Art Museum
3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard
Fort Worth, Texas 76107-2792
Admission is Free