Exhibition marking 50th anniversary of death of the great architect Le Corbusier
November 18, 2015 – January 9, 2016
Organizers: Fondation Le Corbusier and Museum of Applied Art
Museum of Applied Art has organized this exhibition in collaboration with Fondation Le Corbusier to honor this exceptional architect, artist and creator, who made left a strong imprint on the 20th century architecture and directed its development. The exhibition features 50 photographs of architectural works and 30 reproductions of Le Corbusier’s paintings.
Slobodan Stanojević, the author of the exhibition noted, in the catalogue: “… This exhibition and its catalogue represent the realization of modest desire to solemnly honor Corbusier … Every kind of artistic creation has its adherents and opponents, and Corbusier’s definitely does. The exhibition and the catalogue are designated for all generations of architects and urbanists who are, and who are to come, as an example that will show how necessary knowledge, perseverance and self-denial are as investments in creation of the complex work of architecture – of new architecture and urbanism.“
Corbusier was an exceptional man of his time. As author, with his unique view of architecture and his personal experiences in the insight into human needs and characteristics, with new organization in the employment of work and of living space, marked the architecture of 20th century. In the permanent quest for new there appeared: Ronchamp, Unité d’Habitation Marseille, Chandigarh, Convent of La Tourette… For this artist, writing books was equally necessary and important a tool to describe in precise terms the reality of observation and the insight into immediate surroundings, as well as the essence of the natural laws around us.
During his life, Corbusier was absolutely and continually present at the market of ideas and concepts through varied, but related, activities: architecture, painting, sculpture, furniture design. He developed his own original production of characteristic intensity and always in opposition to standing points of official schools and academies. Modulor represents an attempt to rationalize the proportions of man into a unique system of measures as the constant, which characterizes all the humanity. Corbusier’s exploration of the proportions does not represent limitation of space, but its rational exploitation. The investigation into nature does not represent limitation of space but its liberation.
This exhibition about Corbusier is organized as an accompanying feature of the exhibition Mapping of Identity – Architecture of Belgrade, 1919-2015whose author is Ljiljana Miletić Abramović, MA.