Vitra Design Museum will present ‘Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People’, in Denmark, the first international retrospective about the 2018 Pritzker Prize laureate Balkrishna Doshi outside of Asia. The renowned architect and urban planner is seen as the most important pioneer of modern architecture of India and the exhibition will take the visitor through all his monumental works. The exhibition will be held from 29th March and will continue till 8th September.
During over 60 years of practice, Doshi has realized around 100 projects, including pioneering buildings like the Indian Institute of Management (1977–92), his own architectural studio, Sangath (1980), and the low-cost housing project, Aranya (1989). “Inspired by working with masters like Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn, Doshi adopted elements of modern architecture and adapted them to local culture, traditions, resources, and nature itself,” says the VDM press release.
The exhibition will present 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 will include 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. An extensive timeline will give an overview of the architect’s career from 1947 until today, attesting to his close relationships with other influential architects and visionaries such as Le Corbusier and Christopher Alexander.
The Vitra Design Museum numbers among the world’s leading museums of design. It is dedicated to the research and presentation of design, past and present, and examines design’s relationship to architecture, art and everyday culture. In the main museum building by Frank Gehry, the museum annually mounts two major temporary exhibitions, among them major solo retrospectives such as An Eames Celebration (2017) on designers Charles and Ray Eames, Alexander Girard. A Designer’s Universe (2016) or Alvar Aalto (2014), as well as major exhibitions such as Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine (2017), The Bauhaus #itsalldesign (2015) or Lightopia (2013). In addition, smaller shows are presented in the Vitra Museum Gallery, which often follow a more contemporary and experimental approach.