The power of architecture

"Louis Kahn-The Power of Architecture" is shown both at the Museum of Contemporaty Artand at the National Museum-Architectur by Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, in cooperation with the Architectural archives of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and NAI,partof the NewInstitute, Rotterdam. Swarovsky is global sponsor. The American Embassy in Oslo is local sponsor.

The exhibition presents some 40 realized and unrealized projects among them : Salk Institute, Exeter Library, Kimbell Art Museum and Yake Center for British Art (all in the US), together with the IndianInstitute of Management in Ahmdabad, India and the Government Complex in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The projects , displayed through original models, drawings and schemes, photos and film, alongside new
models, texts and interviews, shows acclaimed qualities as well as new sides of Kahns work. The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive catalog. The exhibited material comes from different sources, main lenders have been the Architectural Arcchives of The University of Pennsylvania and Kahns daughter Sue Ann Kahn.

Lois Kahn (1901-74), the American architect, who was one of the most influential architects of the twentieth century.His architecture is characterized by timeless monumentality and mastery of materials and natural light.

Louis Kahn was an inspiration to a number of prominent Norwegian architects. Kahns visit to Oslo in 1964-as well as some Norwegian architects spacial knowledge of him-brought his projects and theories closer to the Norwegian community of architects. The movie My Architect, A sons journey, from 2003 by his son Nathniel Kahn , renders a close personal portrait of Louis Kahn. "Louis Kahn-The Power of Architecture" is the largest retrospective exhibition made about Kahn.

All of the above led to the decision to show this extensive presentation of Kahns work. The exhibition will constitute a welcome re-encounter for many and an inspiring new discovery for others.

-Eva Madshus