Louis Kahn: The Power Of Architecture

Exhibition, FWM, Philadelphia, US.


National Assembly Building in Dhaka, Bangla-desh, Louis Kahn, 1962–83 © Raymond Meier. Courtesy of the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein.
From August 11, 2017 until November 5, 2017
The story of master architect Louis Kahn is intrinsically connected to Philadelphia, where he spent most of his life and career. This is the first major retrospective of Kahn’s work in two decades, encompassing over 200 objects related to his 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 exhibition extensively documents all of his important projects – from the early urban planning concepts and single-family houses to the monumental late works.
“We are thrilled to bring The Power of Architecture to Kahn’s hometown of Philadelphia,” says FWM Executive Director Susan Lubowsky Talbott. “This exhibition offers unprecedented insight into his artistic vision and process, very much in line with the mission of The Fabric Workshop and Museum. We, like Kahn, push the boundaries of possibility and experimentation in art and design.”
The exhibition encompasses an unparalleled and diverse range of architectural models, original drawings, 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 in New York City (1973/64), posthumously completed in October 2012.