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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

WORLD ARCHITECTURE / Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture

Three masterpieces of Louis I. Kahn's architectural career are shown in this blog.  Above: Salk Institute, La Jolla, CA, 1959
Retrospective of Architect Louis Kahn’s career
San Diego Museum of Art
November 05, 2016 through January 31, 2017

Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture is the first retrospective of Louis Kahn's work in two decades, presenting over 200 objects related to Kahn's selected buildings and projects in the form of architectural models, plans, original drawings, photographs, films and more.

With complex spatial compositions and a mastery of light, Louis Kahn's architecture is regarded as a touchstone of 20th century modernism. Dignified, beautiful, and imbued with a powerful universal symbolism, Kahn's designs remain a testament to his belief that architecture should be monumental and spiritually inspiring. Among his most famous works are the Salk Institute in La Jolla, CA; the Kimbell Art Museum in Forth Worth, TX; and the National Assembly Building in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Kimbell Art Museum, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1966 by Louis I. Kahn, Architect

At The San Diego Museum of Art, Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture will be accompanied by an exhibition of architectural photography from students of the Woodbury University School of Architecture.

The Museum will also present a symposium on Saturday, November 5, 2016, featuring Ariel Plotek, Associate Curator of Modern Art and Contemporary, The San Diego Museum of Art; Wendy Lesser, editor of The Threepenny Review and author of the forthcoming biography, “You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn” (due in spring 2017); and William Whitaker, Curator and Collections Manager, Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. The Museum will also screen the film My Architect, A Son’s Journey, presented by the director and Kahn’s son, Nathaniel Kahn on January 13.

Louis I. Kahn's National Assembly Building, Dhaka, Bengladesh, 1962
Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture is accompanied by a series of programs and events.
Louis I. Kahn

November 4 | Friends' Lecture and Reception
November 5 | Members' Preview
November 5 | Symposium: Louis Kahn
November 6 | Family Drop-In Day: Exploring Architecture
November 15 | ArtStop: Louis Kahn
November 17 | Culture & Cocktails
November 18 | Friday Morning Lecture & Tour Series
November 19 | Architectural Photography Workshop
November 22 | Art of √Član: Defining Place
December 9 | Cathedrals of Culture: The Salk Institute
December 10 | Architectural Photography Workshop
January 13 | My Architect: A Son's Journey

Sources and Credits:
--Text by SDMA.
--Retrospective is an exhibition of the Vitra Design Museum, Germany, in collaboration with the Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania, and the New Institute, Netherlands, Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture is globally sponsored by Swarovski and has been organized in San Diego by Dr. Ariel Plotek, Associate Curator of Modern Art at The San Diego Museum of Art.

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