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RIBA to bring huge Kahn show to Britain

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The RIBA is in talks with a major European design manufacturer to put together a massive Louis Kahn exhibition that will debut in the UK.

The proposal follows the positive reaction to news that the institute was planning to bring a major show on Le Corbusier to Liverpool in time for the Capital of Culture celebrations.

It is likely that the Kahn exhibition will also start off in the North of

England as the driving force behind it is understood to be Graeme Russell, the

RIBA Trust's Northern Consultant.

If the exhibition does come to fruition, it will represent the first major show of Kahn's work for years in Britain.

The last major Kahn exhibition to come to Europe was in the early '90s, but this bypassed Britain and only visited the Pompidou Centre in Paris.

Charles Knevitt, director of the RIBA Trust, said: 'Louis Kahn is one of America's greatest and most influential architects. Following the success of his illegitimate son Nathaniel Kahn's film My Architect, a major show would be timely.'

Plans for the Le Corbusier show are now well under way. It will be hosted in October 2008 in the crypt of Lutyens' Roman Catholic


by Ed Dorrell

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