with the exhibition ‘balkrishna doshi: architecture for the people’, the vitra design museum presents the acclaimed work of balkrishna doshi. opening on march 30, 2019, the show will be the the first international retrospective about the 2018 pritzker prize laureate outside of asia. the renowned indian architect and urban planner is one of the few pioneers of modern architecture in his home country and the first to receive the prestigious award. during over 60 years of practice, doshi has realized a wide range of projects, adopting principles of modern architecture and integrating them with local culture, traditions, resources, and natural environment..
the exhibition at the vitra design museum will present numerous significant projects realized by the architect between 1958 and 2014. this assemblage of works ranges in scale from urban planning projects to academic and cultural institutions, private residences, and interiors. the show will open doshi’s work to a global audience and demonstrate how his work has shaped new generations of architects and redefined contemporary indian architecture. the retrospective therefore does not only offer an overview of doshi’s architectural work, but further reflect on its underlying ideals and social context.
his architectural language, both poetic and functional, is strongly influenced by his work with le corbusier during the design of the indian city of chandigarh. beyond this early influence, doshi developed a design philosophy that merges both industrialism and primitivism, as well as modern architecture and traditional form. his practice integrates environmentally sustainable ideals and roots architecture within the larger context of the surrounding culture, and its social, ethical, and religious beliefs. the exhibition opens on march 30, and remains on view until september 8, 2019.