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VIDEO: Renzo Piano Pavilion Opens Today: Read Reviews; Watch Piano

by Anne Bothwell 27 Nov 2013 8:16 AM

The critics have spoken. But what do you think?


Get your first look inside the Renzo Piano Pavilion at the Kimbell Art Museum today.  The Pavilion, across the lawn from Louis Kahn’s classic building, opens at 10 a.m., with a ribbon cutting ceremony, The first 1,000 folks through the door will receive a commemorative gift. To warm up, check out our video edited by KERA’s Dane Walters .

Piano visited Fort Worth last week, and it was clear that people there are curious about his work – more than 2,800 people showed up to hear the Italian architect speak. Architecture critics have already been inside and their reactions are  a bit mixed. Few are trashing the Pavilion. (Kahn’s hometown paper, the Philadelphia Inquirer,   gave perhaps the harshest review.) But even critics who praise the building say that Piano’s deference to Kahn’s original work went too far, resulting in a bland facade. Art&Seek’s Jerome Weeks called the Piano a “pleasure house,” but said “the external lack of presence is the weakest part of Piano’s design.”

Here are some other reviews from around the country:

  • Fort Worth Star-Telegram editorial, “The Kimbell Art Museum: A New Pavilion, But A Timeless Legacy”
  • New York Times, Andrew Marton, “The Kimbell’s Stylish, Sustainable New Edition”
  • Wall Street Journal,  Lee Rosenbaum, “How the Kimbell’s Piano Pavilion Interacts With The Art”
  • Washington Post, Philip Kennicott, “Kimbell Art Museum’s New Building Provides Perfect Accompaniment to Kahn’s Classic”
  • Dallas Morning News, Mark Lamster,”Renzo Piano’s Kimbell  Expansion Is Generous to a Fault”
  • Bloomberg News, James Russell, “Kimbell’s $135 Million Expansion Has Light, Needs Soul”
  • Denver Post, Ray Rinaldi, “Renzo Piano Addition at Kimbell Art Museum: Complementing A Master”