The Chicago gallery Wrightwood 659, in partnership with the Vitra Design Museum of Germany, will present the work of Indian architect, Balkrishna Doshi. The show, Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People, will start from September 9 and will go on till December 12, 2020. 1927 born (in Pune), Doshi is the 2018 Pritzker Prize winner and he is the only Indian to do so in the 40 year old history of Pritzker Prize.
It may be recalled here that last year (from March 29th to September 8th) Vitra Design Museum had presented ‘Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People’, in Denmark, which was the first international retrospective about Doshi outside of Asia. The exhibition had presented numerous key projects realized between 1958 and 2014, ranging from entire cities and town planning projects to large public buildings, from private residences to interiors. Exhibits included a wealth of 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. The Wrightwood exhibition will also present similar works. During over 60 years of practice, Doshi realized a wide range of projects, adopting principles of modern architecture and adapting them to local culture, traditions, resources, and nature.
Internationally acclaimed architect Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi, this year’s Padma Bhushan awardee, is known for his contribution to low cost housing, city planning and education. He had one of the rare distinctions of working for Chandigarh city project which is considered to be one of the first planned cities of modern India.
During last seven decades Doshi has earned innumerable accolades and is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and has been on the selection committee for the Pritzker Prize, the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. He is also a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Architects. Doshi is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and has been on the selection committee for the Pritzker Prize, the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. He is also a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Architects. In 2018, Doshi was one of the three Indians who had made it to the Fortune magazine’s ‘Fifty greatest leaders of 2018’ rankings.
Located in Chicago USA, Wrightwood 659 is designed as a site for contemplative experiences of art and architecture, and as a place to engage with the pressing social issues of our time.