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Renzo Piano to Design Addition to Louis Kahn’s Kimbell Art Museum

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 30 May 2010

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Image Kimbell Art Museum/Wikipedia

The Louis Kahn-designed Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, TX, USA to receive Renzo Piano-designed addition.

Nicolai Ouroussoff has written an interesting article entitled “Two Architects Have a Meeting of the Minds at a Texas Museum” in the Architecture Review section of the Art & Design section of The New York Times (online), looking at the Renzo Piano-designed addition to the Louis Kahn-designed Kimbell Art Museum, to be completed in 2013.  The masterpiece of American master architect Louis Kahn opened in 1972 and is renowned for its series of  five parallel vaulted galleries and exquisite natural light which spills down into each gallery through an uninterrupted central slot that runs the entire length of each vaulted ceiling.  Piano, well-known himself for his treatment of light, has, says Ouroussoff, “managed to find that magical and elusive balance between respecting a great work and adhering to one’s own aesthetic convictions. Unlike some of his contemporaries, who might have sought to play up the generational divide, Mr. Piano, who worked for Kahn early in his career, builds his design on the touching, if idealistic, notion of a civilized conversation across the ages.”  Touching and idealistic, perhaps, but isn’t this part of what architecture can, and should, be about?

Image Renzo Piano Building Workshop/The New York Times

A rendering of the lobby in Renzo Piano’s ethereal glass addition to Kimbell Art Museum, a Louis Kahn masterpiece of Modern architecture, in Fort Worth.

Wikipedia on Louis Kahn, here, and on Renzo Piano, here.  Kimbell Art Museum official site, here.

See our sister blog, Nothing Is Invisible, for a post on the Renzo Piano-designed Whitney Museum Downtown building opening in 2013, here.

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