Le Corbusier at MoMA

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Plan for Buenos Aires, 1929.
Courtesy Museum of Modern Art
Music Pavilion for Villa Church, 1927-1938 (left). Governor’s Palace, Chandigarh, 1951-1965 (right).
Plan for Algiers and Barcelona, 1935.

Arguably the most influential member of the first generation of modernists, Le Corbusier fashioned himself into a myth with an invented name, catchy polemics, and doctrinaire and legitimately revolutionary architecture. A new exhibition at MoMA seeks to flesh out the man behind the signature glasses with the largest collection of his architectural drawings, urban plans, sketches, paintings, photographs, and writings ever seen in New York. Drawn from MoMA’s collection as well as the Le Corbusier Foundation, Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes focuses on four types of landscapes at different scales: found objects, the domestic, the modern city, and planned territories.

Organized by guest curator Jean-Louis Cohen with chief curator of architecture and design Barry Bergdoll, the exhibition will include more than 320 objects and four reconstructed interiors.

Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes is now on view at the Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, through September 23.

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