Balkrishna Doshi Architecture for the People

Vitra Design Museum presents the first international retrospective about the 2018 Pritzker Prize laureate Balkrishna Doshi


Balkrishna Doshi, Sangath Architect’s Studio, Ahmedabad, 1980 (detail) © Iwan Baan 2018
September 8, 2019
With the exhibition »Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People«, Vitra Design Museum presents the first international retrospective about the 2018 Pritzker Prize laureate Balkrishna Doshi (born 1927, Pune, India) outside of Asia.
The renowned architect and urban planner is one of the few pioneers of modern architecture in his home country and the first Indian architect to receive the prestigious award. During over 60 years of practice, Doshi has realized a wide range of projects, adopting principles of modern architecture and adapting them to local culture, traditions, resources, and nature. The exhibition will present numerous significant projects realized between 1958 and 2014, ranging in scale from entire cities and town planning projects to academic campuses as well as cultural institutions and public administrative offices, from private residences to interiors.
Among these works are pioneering buildings like the Indian Institute of Management (1977, 1992), Doshi’s architectural studio Sangath (1980), and the famous low-cost housing project Aranya (1989). Exhibits will include a wealth of original works such as drawings, models, and art works from Doshi’s archive and studio, but also photography, film footage and several full-scale installations. An extensive timeline will give an overview of the architect’s career from 1947 until today, attesting to his close relationships with other influential architects and thought leaders such as Le Corbusier and Christopher Alexander.
Until 8 September, 2019
Exterior view of the underground art space that Doshi created with M.F. Husain: »Amdavad Ni Gufa«, Ahmedabad, 1994 (detail) © Iwan Baan 2018
Installation view »Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People«, 2019 © Vitra Design Museum, photo: Norbert Miguletz
Installation view »Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People«, 2019 © Vitra Design Museum, photo: Norbert Miguletz
Installation view »Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People«, 2019 © Vitra Design Museum, photo: Norbert Miguletz