The Power of Architecture
23.02.2013 – 11.08.2013
Vitra Design Museum
The American architect Louis Kahn (1901-1974) is regarded as one of the great master builders of the twentieth century. Kahn created buildings of archaic beauty and powerful universal symbolism, with complex spatial compositions, an elemental formal vocabulary and a choreographic mastery of light. Numbering among his most important works are the Salk Institute, the Kimbell Art Museum and the National Assembly Building in Dhaka, Bangladesh. As the first retrospective on Louis Kahn in over two decades, this exhibition encompasses an unprecedented and diverse range of architectural models, original drawings, travel sketches, 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, which was posthumously completed in October 2012. Highlights of the exhibition include a four-metre-high model of the spectacular City Tower designed for Philadelphia, as well as previously unseen film footage shot by Nathaniel Kahn, director of the film ‘My Architect’. The view of Kahn’s architectural oeuvre is augmented by a selection of travel sketches, which shed new light on his activity as an artist. Interviews with such architects as Frank Gehry, Renzo Piano, Peter Zumthor and Sou Fujimoto underscore the current significance of Kahn’s work, which is being rediscovered and made accessible to a wide public audience with this exhibition. More...
The exhibition is a cooperation of the Vitra Design Museum, the Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and the NAI part of The New Institute, Rotterdam. Its Global Sponsor is Swarovski.
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01.02.2013 – 26.05.2013
Vitra Design Museum Gallery
The artist Thomas Florschuetz became known through large-format photographs of his own body as well as later images of buildings and everyday objects. The photographic subjects of the exhibition include two buildings by Louis Kahn, Oscar Niemeyer’s Brasilia, David Chipperfield’s Neues Museum and the Palast der Republik in Berlin. Of particular interest to Florschuetz is the fragmentation of architecture and its physical and spatial presence in a picture. The fascination of the selected photographs lies in the tension between planar abstraction and spatial depth, between the social significance of the buildings and the archaic beauty of the traces left by the passage of time. More...