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.
Joanne Faries, originally from the Philadelphia area, lives in Texas with her husband Ray. She considers herself fortunate to be able to pursue a writing career after eons in the business world. Joanne enjoys reading and movies, and is the film critic for the Little Paper of San Saba.