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In-depth Louis Kahn exhibition opening at London’s Design Museum on July 9
Posted: Monday, July 07, 2014 |

"Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture" is a multi-themed exploration behind legendary architect Louis Kahn that will be showcased at the Design Museum in London starting Wednesday, July 9.

Running until October 12, 2014, the exhibition will feature architectural models, original drawings, travel sketches, photographs, and films – including interviews with famous architects like Renzo Piano, Frank Gehry, Sou Fujimoto, and Peter Zumthor who each describe how Kahn has influenced his own work.

Scroll down further to read more about the exhibition.

Louis Kahn, ca. 1972. Robert C. Lautman Photography Collection, National Building Museum.

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Louis Kahn, ca. 1972. Robert C. Lautman Photography Collection, National Building Museum.

"Kahn himself drew on a wide range of sources, from ancient ruins to the work of Le Corbusier. He used innovations in construction techniques to design modern buildings that also project an elemental, primitive power. He was a perfectionist and an artist, who also believed that architects have an important social responsibility.

Described in his New York Times obituary as having been one of America’s foremost living architect s , Kahn nonetheless realised few buildings in his lifetime and died practically bankrupt. Despite this, he was hugely influential. Now, Kahn’s reputation is being redefined, as his search for an architecture that grows out of a sense of place seems more important than ever."

Phillips Exeter Academy Library, Exeter, New Hampshire. Louis Kahn, 1965-72. Photo: Iwan Baan

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Phillips Exeter Academy Library, Exeter, New Hampshire. Louis Kahn, 1965-72. Photo: Iwan Baan

"Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture examines Kahn through six broad themes:

  • City – looking at his relationship with his adopted home of Philadelphia
  • Science – demonstrating his use of engineering and geometric structures
  • Landscape – showing the importance of nature within his work
  • House – taking in Kahn’s residential commissions
  • Eternal Present – placing him in the context of architectural history
  • Community – examining his devotion to public buildings."

Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, New York. Louis Kahn, 1973-2012. Photo: Paul Warchol

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Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, New York. Louis Kahn, 1973-2012. Photo: Paul Warchol

"All of Kahn’s important projects are extensively documented, from his early urban planning concepts and single-family houses to late works such as the Roosevelt Memorial (1973 - 74), which was posthumously completed in October 2012."

Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, New York. Louis Kahn, 1973-2012. Photo: www.amiaga.com

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Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, New York. Louis Kahn, 1973-2012. Photo: www.amiaga.com

"Kahn’s greatest masterpieces all take the form of inspiring institutions: The Salk Institute in La Jolla, California, designed to be ‘a facility worthy of a visit by Picasso ’; the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas – a showcase for Kahn’s extraordinary ability to work with light; and the National Assembly Building in Dhaka, Bangladesh – testament to the incredible imp act of his monumental style."

National Assembly Building in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Louis Kahn, 1962-1983. Photo: Raymond Meier

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National Assembly Building in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Louis Kahn, 1962-1983. Photo: Raymond Meier

National Assembly Building in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Louis Kahn, 1962-83. Photo courtesy of the Design Museum.

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National Assembly Building in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Louis Kahn, 1962-83. Photo courtesy of the Design Museum.

Salk Institute in La Jolla, California. Louis Kahn, 1959-65. The Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania. Photo: John Nicolais.

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Salk Institute in La Jolla, California. Louis Kahn, 1959-65. The Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania. Photo: John Nicolais.

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut. Louis Kahn, 1951-53. Photo: Elizabeth Felicella.

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Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut. Louis Kahn, 1951-53. Photo: Elizabeth Felicella.

"Each project is fully represented in this timely exhibition, which seeks to bring one of the twentieth century’s greatest master builders to a new audience."

For further exhibition details, click here.



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