Louis Kahn 120 Celebration
In 2021, Louis Kahn Estonia Foundation (LKEF) celebrates the 120th anniversary of one the greatest architects of all times with events, both physical and online, across the world, including Kahn’s native island Saaremaa.
Louis Isadore Kahn was born in 1901 in Kuressaare (then Arensburg), on the island of Saaremaa, Estonia. At the age of 5 his family emigrated to the United States and he lived there until his death in 1974.
In September 2021: workshops in cooperation with TTK University of Applied Sciences (TTK UAS) and TalTech. In the workshops, an analysis and volumetric visualization of the three possible locations of the Kahn Centre will be prepared.
11 Sept / 12 Sept 2021: Läänesaarte Kammerorkester performs with concerts dedicated to Kahn at Kuressaare Gymnasium and Tallinn House of Blackheads). Music by Q. Porter, S. Grill, P. Glass and M. Wolpert Edoardo Narbona, conductor (ITA) Brett Douglas Deubner, viola (USA)
15 Oct 2021: Kahn 120 celebration in Kuressaare with special guests Per Olaf Fjeld (NOR) and Abelardo Morell (USA).
Per Olaf Fjeld’ s and Abelardo Morell’s presentations at 15.00 in Kuressaare Town Hall.
15 Oct 2021: Opening of Morell’s photo exhibition dedicated to Kahn at 17.00 in Kuressaare Town Hall Gallery.
The exhibition will be open until November 25.
16 Oct 2021 12:00 – 5:00PM (UTC/GMT-04:00), Hommage à Louis Kahn, Four Freedoms Park (FFP), New York, USA . The event includes the concert and a premiere of the new piece MO(NU)MENT dedicated to Kahn by Saaremaa-born composer and saxophone player Maria Faust + Guest Artists (Peter Evans on trumpet; Sam Kulik on trombone; Dan Peck on tuba).
“Meet the author” – a conversation with Charles E. Dagit, hosted by Neeme Raud.
This conversation is dedicated to the commemorative book “Louis I. Kahn―Architect” published in Estonian.
Arne Maasik’s and Rein Vainküla’s architectural photographs of Kahn-related places and the period that was overshadowed by the Iron Curtain.
Screening of the short documentary “A Walk On Louis Kahn’s Native Island”.
(TBC)- 2nd Louis Kahn Days. Due to the Covid situation, the event is smaller in scale and scattered both in terms of time and location.
The celebration of Kahn Days in Saaremaa has been put on hold. The exact time will be announced as soon as it is safe for health to travel again.
10 June 2021: London Festival of Architecture ‘Louis Kahn 120 – The Islander’, online event with Per Olaf Fjeld (Norway), Heie Treier (Estonia), Elain Harwood (United Kingdom) and Owen Hopkins (United Kingdom). The event explored how Kahn’s work continued to shape the understanding of timeless modernism today and Kahn’s little-known Nordic ties: early childhood in Estonia, his travels and how his early experiences in Estonia would have shaped his architectural sensibility.
The event can be viewed here.
20 Feb 2021: Louis Kahn 120 with Harriet Pattison, Nathaniel Kahn and William Whitaker. Organized by Consulate General of Estonia in New York in partnership with Louis Kahn Estonia Foundation, and presented by Scandinavia House in New York in partnership with Yale University Press.
If you missed it, view it here.
Other activities of the LKEF in 2021 include:
– Publication of C. E. Dagit Jr.’s memoirs “Louis I. Kahn―Architect: Remembering the Man and Those Who Surrounded Him” in Estonian.
– Opening of Louis Kahn’s birthplace marker plate in Kuressaare, in partnership with Municipality of Saaremaa, Louis Kahn Estonia Foundation and Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
– Launch of the International architectural competition of the Louis Kahn Center in Kuressaare.