rotterdam: louis kahn - the power of architecture

© bart van hoek / louis kahn - the power of architecture - global sponsor: swarovski - model of the city tower

currently on at the netherlands architecture institute in rotterdam is a must-see retrospective of american architect louis kahn [1901-1974], one of the most influential practitioners in his field in the 20th century. kahn gained international recognition for his great sense of space and material, and matchless choreography of light, which to this day form an inspiration to many. on display are a wide range of of the master's drawings, sketches, photographs, watercolours, scale models and film material which shed light on his vision and expertise. among kahn’s masterworks are san diego's salk institute for biological studies, the kimbell art museum in dallas-ft. worth and the indian institute of management in ahmedabad. these projects were designed in the 1950s and 1960s, at a time when the conviction of architects was that their mission was to improve society. kahn’s influence can be seen in the work of architects such as aldo rossi, robert venturi, and tadao ando [on through jan 6]. this exhibition has been conceptualized by vitra, and will travel to the vitra design museum next spring for a new presentation with additional events. location: museumpark 25 [centrum].

© bart van hoek + sue ann kahn / louis kahn - the power of architecture - global sponsor: swarovski - exhibition display, louis kahn and jonas salk [top to bottom]