“Architecture, Silence and Light” Louis Kahn in the Photographs by Roberto Schezen at MAXXI

A focus show on the architecture of Louis Kahn through the photographs of Roberto Schezen.

 

Roberto Schezen, Dr. and Mrs. Norman Fisher House, Hatboro, Pennsylvania 1960-67, 2001 ca., Courtesy Fondazione MAXXI

 

On display, the diverse materials making up the Schezen Fond – from this year part of the museum’s Photography Collections: from the photographer’s own silver gelatin prints to the large format negatives and through to the invaluable colour slides, together with large-format photographs from the original negatives.


 

“Architecture, Silence and Light”
18 December 2019 – 02 June, 2020
MAXXI – National Museum of XXI Century Arts
Via Guido Reni 4A , Roma
Italy

 


Schezen’s images lead us on a path that from silence moves towards the light, traversing themes dear to Louis Kahn such as order, form, wonder and silence.

Roberto Schezen, Louis Kahn, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India 1962-74, 2001 ca., Courtesy Fondazione MA

Roberto Schezen, Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, National Capital, Dhaka, Bangladesh 1962-83, 2001 ca., Courtesy Fondazione MAXXI

The more classical photographs of architecture, which devote attention to the changing luminescent qualities of space and Kahn’s rigorous design research through his best-known works, are joined by more “daring” visions and alienating details in which Schezen demonstrated an authorial interpretation of the themes of light, shadow and form, paradigms shared by architecture and photography.

 

Roberto Schezen, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, California 1959-65, 2001 ca., Courtesy Fondazione MAXXI

Roberto Schezen, Performing Arts Center, Fort Wayne, Indiana 1961-73, 2001 ca., Courtesy Fondazione MAX

Roberto Schezen, Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, National Capital, Dhaka, Bangladesh 1962-83, 2001 ca., Courtesy Fondazione MAXXI

Roberto Schezen, Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, National Capital, Dhaka, Bangladesh 1962-83, 2001 ca., Courtesy Fondazione MAXXI

Roberto Schezen, Louis Kahn, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India 1962-74, 2001 ca., Courtesy Fondazione MA