National Assembly Building in Dhaka, Bangla-desh, Louis Kahn, 1962–83 © Raymond Meier. Courtesy of the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein. Louis Kahn, c. 1972 © Robert C. Lautman Photography Collection, National Building Museum 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 © Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, photo: Lionel Freedman Library, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire, Louis Kahn, 1965–72 © Iwan Baan Colonnade on the north side, Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, Louis Kahn, 1966–1972 © 2010 Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, photo: Robert LaPrelle 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
National Assembly Building in Dhaka, Bangla-desh, Louis Kahn, 1962–83 © Raymond Meier. Courtesy of the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein.
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Louis Kahn, c. 1972 © Robert C. Lautman Photography Collection, National Building Museum
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Salk Institute in La Jolla, California, Louis Kahn, 1959–65 © The Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania, photo: John Nicolais
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Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, Louis Kahn, 1951–53 © Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, photo: Lionel Freedman
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Library, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire, Louis Kahn, 1965–72 © Iwan Baan
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Colonnade on the north side, Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, Louis Kahn, 1966–1972 © 2010 Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, photo: Robert LaPrelle
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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
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Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture

August 11, 2017–November 5, 2017

Opening Reception:
Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 6:00–8:00 pm 
 

Public Programs:

October 25, 2017, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
 
October 28, 2017 and November 4, 2017, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
 
 

Past:
September 16, 2017, two tours from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm and 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm

October 6, 2017, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
 
October 7, 2017, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
 
October 9, 2017, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
 
 
October 14, 2017, two tours from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm



The story of master architect Louis Kahn (1901-1974) is intrinsically connected to Philadelphia, where he spent most of his life and career. Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture is the first major retrospective of Kahn’s work in two decades, encompassing over 200 objects related to Kahn’s buildings and projects in the form of architectural models, plans, original drawings, photographs, and films. With complex spatial compositions and a choreographic mastery of light, Kahn created buildings of archaic beauty and powerful universal symbolism. The Fabric Workshop and Museum is proud to be the final venue of the international tour.
 
The Power of Architecture extensively documents all of Kahn’s important projects—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. Among his most important works are the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California (1959-65), the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas (1966-72), and the National Assembly Building in Dhaka, Bangladesh (1962-83). The presentation of Kahn’s architectural projects is accompanied by a selection of watercolors, pastels and charcoal drawings created during his travels, which document his skill as an artist and illustrator.
 
Highlights from The Power of Architecture include previously unpublished footage shot by Nathanial Kahn, the son of Louis Kahn and the director of the film My Architect, as well as interviews with architects such as Frank Gehry, Renzo Piano, Peter Zumthor, and Sou Fujimoto that underscore the continued significance of Kahn’s work.
 
Recent Press:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture is organized by the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, in collaboration with the Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and the NAI part of The New Institute, Rotterdam. The exhibition is globally sponsored by Swarovski.
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In Philadelphia, funding for Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture has been provided by the Edna W. Andrade Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation, Harvey S. Shipley Miller, the Shipley Miller Foundation; the LLWW Foundation and AKA | Korman Communities; Steven H. Korman; Kieran Timberlake; Emanuel Kelly, Kelly/Maiello Inc.; and Atkin Olshin Schade Architects.
 
Major support of FWM is provided by the Marion Boulton “Kippy” Stroud Foundation. FWM receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional operational support is provided by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Agnes Gund, and the Board of Directors and Members of The Fabric Workshop and Museum.
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