Thursday, January 23, 2014
Kimbell Art Museum Expansion in Fort Worth
I was asked by the Fort Worth Business Press to write and illustrate an analysis of the newly completed expansion of the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth. The expansion takes the form of a new building by Italian architect Renzo Piano, which faces the original building by legendary architect Louis Kahn across a beautiful formal green in the larger context of Fort Worth's Cultural District. The original Kahn building is widely considered one of the greatest buildings of the 20th century. It is heavy and muscular, at once feeling ancient and modern. Piano's new building, while roughly the same proportions as the Kahn building, has a lightness and transparency that acts as both counterpoint and complement to the Kahn. It's well worth a visit to Fort Worth to revisit the Kimbell, and check out this new addition to the city's architectural legacy.