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.
10 June 4:00 – 5:30 PM (BST) – 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 explores how Kahn’s work continues 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 shape his architectural sensibility.
Free to attend, register here.
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.
7 Oct – 25 Nov Abelardo Morell’s poetic exhibition “Camera obscura” in Kuressaare Town Hall Gallery.
16 Nov 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 dedicated to Kahn by Saaremaa-born composer and saxophone player Maria Faust + Guest Artists (Peter Evans- trumpet; Sam Kulik- trombone; Dan Peck- tuba).
Additionally there will be interviews at Cornell Tech and architecture programme from Kahn’s native country, Estonia, in cooperation with Archtober and Four Freedoms Park, etc..
(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.
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 the Louis Kahn’s birthplace plaque in Kuressaare, in partnership with Kuressaare City Council/Municipality.
– Launch of the International architectural competition of the Louis Kahn Center in Kuressaare.