Louis Kahn

Koen van den Broek


Painting, 165 x 110 cm.
Materials: oil on canvas

Collection: Private Collection.

San Diego: we stand before the Salt Lake Institute, a major centre for stem cell research, housed in a beautiful building by the American star architect Louis Kahn. The building itself is not visible. Koen van den Broek photographs the shadow play. He falls for the beauty of the simple trough that splits the square symmetrically in two and that allows water to flow into the ocean over a long distance: a reference to the Yellow borders that are a theme in the work of Koen van den Broek. The link with Rimsky-Korsakov's opera Sadko is in the suspected presence of a port, and the main character’s relentless quest for a way across the water to find a connection with the mainland.

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