AD Classics: Kimbell Art Museum / Louis Kahn, Courtesy of Xavier de The building is punctuated by three courtyards, allowing for more light. On view in the Louis Kahn Building. FORT WORTH— The American architect Louis Kahn (–), designer of the Kimbell Art Museum, is regarded as one. award-winning building designed by an internationally famous architect, the late Louis I. Kahn. The founder of the Kimbell Art Museum, Kay Kimbell, had.

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For information, call These sketches, several executed in the pastels that Kahn often used for travel sketches, are among the finest and most evocative concept drawings for the projected building.

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The magic of its light, its elegant forms, and its restrained materials are as inspiring and beautiful today as when it first opened its doors. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

The culmination of the exhibition is represented by the section Community, which expresses how essential the social significance of architecture was to Kahn and how he derived new forms for public buildings from it. Kahn, is widely regarded as one of the outstanding architectural achievements of the modern era. It is globally sponsored by Swarovski.

The Design and Construction of the Kimbell Art Museum: A 30th-Anniversary Exhibition

Louis Kahn, a pioneer of functionalist architecture, was born in Estonia but came with his family to the United States at the age of 4. The initial stages are dedicated primarily to a comparison between the principal figures of this century and contemporary emerging architects.


This work, along with his design for the Richards Medical Tbe Building in Philadelphiagained him wide recognition. While there, he had the opportunity to travel and sketch the great historic monuments and public spaces of Italy, Greece and Egypt.

The seventh was created in Julyas the site was readied for construction in Fort Worth. With complex spatial compositions and a choreographic mastery of light, Kahn created buildings of archaic beauty and powerful universal symbolism. Account Options Sign in. Pastels by Louis I.

The exhibition Louis Kahn: Kahn, conceptual drawing for the Kimbell Art Museum detail September 21, to November 3, Lee, director of the Kimbell Art Museum. The porticos express on the exterior the light-filled vaulted spaces that are the defining feature of the interior, which are five deep behind each of the side porticos and three deep behind the central kibell three of the spaces are punctuated by courtyards.

Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture

A second building, designed by world-renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano, opened in and now provides space for special exhibitions, dedicated classrooms and a seat auditorium with excellent acoustics for music. Special thanks to the children of Louis I.

This intimate exhibition presents a selection of pastels dating from a three-month period in —51 when Kahn was Architect in Residence at the American Academy in Rome. Louis Kahn in the auditorium of the Kimbell Art Museum Though thoroughly modern in its lack of ornament or revivalist detail, the building suggests the grand arches and vaults of Roman architecture, a source of inspiration that Kahn himself acknowledged.

The Kimbell Construvtion Museum, owned and operated by the Kimbell Art Foundation, is internationally renowned for both its collections and for its architecture. The Museum’s building, designed by the American architect Louis I.


Convinced that contemporary architects could—and should—produce buildings that were as monumental and as spiritually inspiring as the ancient ruins of Greece and Egypt, Kahn devoted his career to the uncompromising pursuit of formal perfection and emotional expression.

Kahn —the Kimbell Art Museum presented a special exhibition of sketches, drawings, models, and photographs entitled Light is the Theme: He saw himself as part of a tradition that spanned thousands of years and that understood architecture not only as a means of satisfying utilitarian needs, but as an instrument of artistic speculation and a vehicle for contemplating nature, history and human community.

Visit the Kimbell Art Museum online at: Kahn from the Collections of His Children This intimate exhibition presents a selection of pastels dating from a three-month period in —51 when Kahn was Architect in Residence at the American Academy in Rome.

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He employed this approach to create his first masterpiece, the Salk Institute — With the addition to the site of a second building, designed by Renzo Piano and scheduled to open inthe Kimbell Art Kimbelll maintains its commitment to architectural excellence. Additional sponsorship support is provided by The Beck Group.