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Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture

Kimbell Art Museum, Texas

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American architect Louis I. Kahn (1901–1974) 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. 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 watercolours, pastels and charcoal drawings created during his travels. Find out more about the Louis Kahn exhibition from the Kimbell Art Museum’s website.

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Steven and Toby Korman House, Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, Louis Kahn, 1971–73. © Barry Halkin

Steven and Toby Korman House, Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, Louis Kahn, 1971–73. © Barry Halkin

Jewish Community Center, Ewing Township (near Trenton), New Jersey, Louis Kahn, 1954–59, exterior view of the Bath House with a wall drawing at the entrance designed by Kahn. © Louis I. Kahn Collection, University of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, photo: John Ebstel

Jewish Community Center, Ewing Township (near Trenton), New Jersey, Louis Kahn, 1954–59, exterior view of the Bath House with a wall drawing at the entrance designed by Kahn. © Louis I. Kahn Collection, University of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, photo: John Ebstel

Library, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire, Louis Kahn, 1965–72. © Iwan Baan

Library, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire, Louis Kahn, 1965–72. © Iwan Baan

Louis Kahn in front of a model of the City Tower Project in an exhibition at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, February 1958. © Sue Ann Kahn

Louis Kahn in front of a model of the City Tower Project in an exhibition at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, February 1958. © Sue Ann Kahn

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, Louis Kahn, 1951–53. © Elizabeth Felicella

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, Louis Kahn, 1951–53. © Elizabeth Felicella

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