Few American architects showcase the delicate balance of power and beauty like Louis Kahn. Based in Philadelphia (born 1901), Kahn founded his own practice in 1935 and until his death in 1974, worked in both private practice and as a critic and professor. One look at these works and you can see why we love them so much. His monumental structures shattered the limits of modernism and he is remembered as one of the master builders of the twentieth century. Concrete is prevalent throughout his works and you can also find something new at each look.
From August 11th-November 5th, 2017, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia will present "The Power of Architecture", first major retrospective of Kahn’s work in two decades. The exhibition will encompass over 200 objects related to Kahn’s buildings and projects in the form of architectural models, plans, original drawings, photographs, and films. With complex spatial compositions and a choreographic mastery of light, Kahn created buildings of archaic beauty and powerful universal symbolism. The Fabric Workshop and Museum will be final venue of the international tour.
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The Power of Architecture extensively documents all of Kahn’s important projects—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. Among his most important works are the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California (1959-65), the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas (1966-72), and the National Assembly Building in Dhaka, Bangladesh (1962-83). The presentation of Kahn’s architectural projects is accompanied by a selection of watercolors, pastels and charcoal drawings created during his travels, which document his skill as an artist and illustrator.
It is great to see Kahn, one of the most influential architects of the last century, receive such an expansive exhibition of his work. His creations continue to live on and only get more interesting with age. For more information visit: https://www.philadelphiacfa.org/events/louis-kahn-power-architecture