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CULTURE | 01.05.2015

Art Dept: Le Corbusier at Centre Pompidou

“To create architecture is to put in order. Put what in order? Function and objects.” Giving credit where credit is due, the curators of the Centre Pompidou in Paris celebrate Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, better known as Le Corbusier, in a major show running until August 3. More than anyone else the architect/urban theorist/sculptor/painter who died 50 years ago has laid the foundations for the buildings we live in today and how we decorate them. Moreover, what we call “modernity”, would be inconceivable without his works and thoughts!

Le Corbusier was obsessed by systems of proportion and harmony, and measurements of the human body became a starting point for his designs and basis for his entire oeuvre. The average man, Le Corbusier found, was 183 cm tall, 226 cm with upraised arms. It is quite fitting, therefore, that the retrospective being shown in Gallery 2 is called “mesures de l’Homme”, measures of man.

Visitors can see an interesting cross section through the extensive work of the Swiss-born master, who took French citizenship in 1930: a total of 300 paintings, sculptures, sketches, architectural drawings, models, objects, films, photographs and documents. There’s certainly enough material to completely immerse yourself in during a morning or afternoon and to learn about Le Corbusier’s intellectual and yet very practical discussion of houses, humanism and their inherent connection. Sounds like a stimulating experience, n’est-ce pas?!

You will find more information on the exhibition here.

Photos: FLC, ADAGP, Paris 2015; Centre Pompidou / Dist. RMN-GP / B. Prévost; ADAGP, Paris 2015