Life insurance (LIC), Ahmedabad, 1973
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BALKRISHNA DOSHI ARCHITECTURE FOR THE PEOPLEPinakothek der Moderne
Architekturmuseum der TU München
Balkrishna V. Doshi (b. 1927 in Pune, India) is an architect, city planner, and teacher. He is among the most influential pioneers of modern architecture in India. In 2018, his life work was recognized with the Pritzker Prize, the world's most prestigious architecture award. Since the 1950s, Doshi has completed more than 100 buildings, among them cultural and administrative institutions, housing estates, and residential properties. He became internationally renowned through his visionary city plans and social housing projects, as well as through his active engagement in the area of education. Doshi's architectural sensibility is greatly influenced by Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn, with whom he worked as a young architect. Taking their modernist formal language as a starting point, he then developed his own unique aesthetic idiom, in accordance with both local needs and Indian traditions.
Doshi's complete oeuvre will be shown this year for the first time in a European retrospective. With numerous architectural models, plans, paintings, photographs, films, and replicas of his architecture in original scale, the exhibition will comprehensively present Doshi's achievements in architecture, city planning, art, and design.
The exhibition is a project by the Vitra Design Museum and the Wüstenrot Foundation in cooperation with the Vastushilpa Foundation.