Vitra Design Museum Explores the Work of Balkrishna Doshi

The Vitra Design Museum has announced a new exhibition exploring the work of Pritzker architect Balkrishna Doshi. Titled Architecture for the People, the museum will present the first international retrospective about Balkrishna Doshi outside of Asia. The goal of the exhibition is to open Doshi’s work to a global audience and show how the architect’s work has redefined modern Indian architecture to shape a new generations of architects.

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Amdavad Ni Gufa underground art space that Doshi created with M.F. Husain, Image by Iwan Baan. Image Courtesy of Vitra Design Museum

As the Vitra Design Museum states, Doshi is one of the few pioneers of modern architecture in his home country and the first Indian architect to receive the Pritzker. The exhibition will present significant projects realized between 1958 and 2014, ranging in scale from entire cities and town planning projects to academic campuses as well as cultural institutions and public administrative offices, from private residences to interiors. Among these works are pioneering buildings like the Indian Institute of Management (1977–92), Doshi’s architectural studio Sangath (1980), and the famous low-cost housing project Aranya (1989). Exhibits will include original works such as drawings, models, and art works from Doshi’s archive and studio, but also photography, film footage and several full-scale installations.

Exterior view of Doshi’s Sangath Architect’s Studio, Ahmedabad, Image by Iwan Baan. Image Courtesy of Vitra Design Museum

"Doshi’s humanist philosophy was shaped by his Indian roots as well as his western education and the rapidly changing context of Indian society since the early 1950s. His architectural vocabulary, which is both poetic and functional, was strongly influenced by what he learned from Le Corbusier, with whom he collaborated on the design of the Indian city of Chandigarh and on other projects, and from his experiences with Louis Kahn, who conceived the design for the Institute of Management. Reaching beyond these early models, Doshi developed an approach that oscillates between industrialism and primitivism, between modern architecture and traditional form. His practice is based on ideas of sustainability and aims to root architecture in a larger context of culture and environment as well as social, ethical, and religious beliefs."

There will be an opening talk with Balkrishna Doshi on March 29, 2019 at 6 pm. The Architecture for the People exhibition will run from 30.03 – 08.09.2019. You can follow along with the exhibition using #VDMDoshi

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Cite: Eric Baldwin. "Vitra Design Museum Explores the Work of Balkrishna Doshi" 22 Feb 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, photo by Vinay Panjwani. Image Courtesy of Vitra Design Museum


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