Organized by Germany’s Vitra Design Museum, a retrospective of the late architect Louis Kahn’s career is on view through November 5, 2017, at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia. Previously presented in Weil am Rhein, Germany and Fort Worth, Texas, this will be only the East Coast venue for Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture. Philadelphia is also the final stop on the exhibit’s international tour, which is a fitting finale given that the Estonian-born architect emigrated to the city as a child and worked there for much of his career, while also studying and teaching at the University of Pennsylvania.
“We are thrilled to bring The Power of Architecture to Kahn’s hometown of Philadelphia,” said the museum’s 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.”
Encompassing more than 200 objects and ephemeral items—including architectural models, original drawings, photographs, and films, The Power of Architecture provides insight into the methods and motivations behind some of Kahn’s most celebrated works, which include the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California, the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, and the National Assembly Museum Building in Dhaka, Bangladesh.