The exhibit that opens on June 15th will be centered around Le Corbusier‘s worldview of architecture. It explores his most famous architectural projects as well as the means by which he was able to realize them. Through a collection of early watercolors, drawings and photographs, curator Jean-Louis Cohen provides a peak into Le Corbusier’s journeys and developments as an architect, revealing how he explored the world and what he drew from his travels and observations.
Le Corbusier’s work and considerations have had a widespread influence on the architectural community. His five points of architecture are studied by young architects in schools throughout the world. His modernist ideals are considered timeless in some ways. And his urban theories have been brought to fruition in garden cities across the country. But the architect never strayed from the way the human body inhabited space. His sketches reveal an adherence to the golden ratio and explored similar ratios of the human body, exploring ways in which the ideal form of architecture could best accommodate the body.
As an architect, Le Corbusier grew from his own theories, explored new forms and new ways to express space and occupancy. Yet, the breadth of his work also reveals his interest in other parts of design. He spent a considerable time designing furniture, both for the purposes of modularity and ease of design and explorations into the way in which we use tools and in what ways they become extensions of us.
This exhibit at MoMA will reveal the sources of his varied approach to design and the root of influence in his work.
Dates: Sun, 15 Jun – Mon, 23 Sep 2013
Venue: The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, USA