First U.S. Exhibition of Pritzker Prize-Winner Balkrishna Doshi to Open in September

First U.S. Exhibition of Pritzker Prize-Winner Balkrishna Doshi to Open in September

Wrightwood 659, a private institution located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, will host the first U.S. Exhibition of Indian architect, urbanist, and 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi. Running from September 9 till December 12, 2020, the retrospective entitled Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People, is the first display devoted to the works of the laureate, outside of Asia.

Balkrishna Doshi, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, 1977, 1992. Image © Iwan BaanBalkrishna Doshi, Aranya Low Cost Housing, Indore, 1989 . Image © Vastushilpa Foundation, AhmedabadBalkrishna Doshi, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, 1977, 1992 . Image © Vinay Panjwani IndiaBalkrishna Doshi, Aranya Low Cost Housing, Indore, 1989. Image © Iwan Baan+ 8

Wrightwood 659 is an institution that opened in 2018, displaying two public exhibitions annually. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando, who altered a 1920s building “with his signature concrete forms and poetic treatment of natural light”, the venue will host Balkrishna Doshi’s exhibition starting September 9, 2020.

Focusing on some 20 of the architect’s most significant projects dating from 1958 to 2014, Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People will highlight the architect’s “dedication to architecture as a civic practice devoted to improving lives”. Moreover, the exhibition will comprise full-scale installations of Doshi’s buildings as well as material from the architect’s archive and studio.


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Balkrishna Doshi at Sangath Architect's Studio, Ahmedabad, 1980 . Image © Iwan Baan
Balkrishna Doshi at Sangath Architect's Studio, Ahmedabad, 1980 . Image © Iwan Baan

Doshi, a pioneer of modernist architecture in India, was famously known for “humanizing modernism as he redefined Indian architecture”, and for “his visionary work in low-cost housing and city planning, as well as for his strong commitment to education”. His work ranged from building entire cities and townships to academic campuses, cultural institutions, private residences, interiors, and social and experimental housing.

Balkrishna Doshi, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, 1977, 1992. Image © Vinay Panjwani India
Balkrishna Doshi, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, 1977, 1992. Image © Vinay Panjwani India

Curated by Khushnu Panthaki Hoof, Director of the Vastu Shilpa Foundation, and Jolanthe Kugler, Curator of the Vitra Design Museum, the exhibition is a “project of the Vitra Design Museum and the Wüstenrot Foundation in cooperation with the Vastu Shilpa Foundation”.

Finally, regarding the required safety measures for post COVID-19, Wrightwood 659 will adopt the universally recommended practices of mandatory face masks and 6-foot social distancing.

Balkrishna Doshi, Aranya Low Cost Housing (sketch), Indore, 1989. Image © Vastushilpa Foundation, Ahmedabad
Balkrishna Doshi, Aranya Low Cost Housing (sketch), Indore, 1989. Image © Vastushilpa Foundation, Ahmedabad

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Cite: Christele Harrouk. "First U.S. Exhibition of Pritzker Prize-Winner Balkrishna Doshi to Open in September" 18 Jun 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/941877/first-us-exhibition-of-pritzker-prize-winner-balkrishna-doshi-to-open-in-september> ISSN 0719-8884
Balkrishna Doshi, Sangath Architect's Studio, Almedabad, 1980 . Image © Iwan Baan

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