Louis Kahn’s Kimbell Art Museum turns 50

The Kimbell Art Museum opened to the public 50 years ago on October 4,1972. It has now existed for almost eight times longer than it it took its architect, Louis I. Kahn, to conceive and construct the building, from 1966 to 1972, though one might easily argue that its ideas were the product of Kahn’s seven decades of life prior to that point. In either instance, the work contains a body of ideas elegant enough to change the world of architecture. As an object lesson and artifact, the museum is a remarkable offering to what can be achieved in architecture.

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