Friday, May 19, 2017

Art Adventure - Architecture with Louis Kahn at the Kimbell


 Spent last Saturday in Fort Worth at one of my favorite art museums - the Kimbell.  And it was designed by architect Louis Kahn (1901- 1974).  This exhibit was quite fascinating.

 Born in Russia, his family moved to Philadelphia. He earned great renown in his city planning efforts. His library at Phillips Exeter Academy is famous, as well as the Salk Institute in La Jolla, CA.  And the Kimbell itself is considered one of the premier art museums designed in the world.

Drawings, films, plans, and building models all gave us a view of a man forever ahead of his time. His use of space, light, and natural materials gave a modern flare to the world around us.  I enjoyed this exploration of a craftsman.  Here are some quotes by Louis Kahn:

A plan of a city is like the plan of a home - streets, corridors, quiet areas, culture areas, get togetherness, and a workshop.

The sun never knew how great it was until it struck the side of a building.

In regards to the Fort Wayne, IN Performing Arts Theater - the concrete concert hall is protected from the nearby railroad by a brick envelope. It's like a violin case - it's a musical instrument containing people. 

Support your local museums and check out any exhibit. You'll come away with a greater appreciation of the arts.




14 comments:

  1. Amazing how some can sure picture things and bring them to life.

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  2. That is exactly how I felt looking at the exhibit. The vision needed

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  3. I love art museums. I really need to get up to Boston and visit the Gardner.

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  4. Hi Joanne - what a lovely way to spend a day ... I love going to museums ... some old and crusty - some just wonderfully new and uplifting ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Fort Worth just has a nice museum districts. Very user friendly

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  5. I like leaning new things. This would be Interesting to visit.

    Betty

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    1. I knew a bit on Kahn but learned more

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  6. Thanks for a very interesting post Joanne. It looks like a wonderful place to visit.

    Yvonne.

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    1. You are welcome. I try to get out and about. Lots of cool stuff to see in this world.

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  7. You're preaching to the choir, girl. I'm a museum slut. :) (And I mean that in the nicest way... I LOVE museums!)

    Have a super weekend, kiddo. Keep cool. (Yeah, right...)

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    1. Yep. Always ready to see new stuff. And museums are cool ( in all ways)

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  8. This sounds like a great exhibit. I really need to visit more museums.

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  9. Loved the quotes, especially the one about the sun's greatness.

    Can't agree more with your sentiment re local museums.

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