MoMA: Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes

MoMA: Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes

MoMA's new exhibition, Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes focuses on the way in which Le Corbusier focused on the world of architecture. It explores both 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, curatorJean-Louis Cohen provides a peak into Le Corbusier's journeys and developments as an architect, 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.  He and his contemporaries transformed architectural practice through material experimentation and engineering by embracing the technologies and techniques of the time.  They exploited the potential of prefabrication, as well as the unadorned aesthetic of simple forms and functions.  But the architect never strayed from the considering the way the human body inhabited space.  His sketches reveal an adhearance to the golden ratio and explored similar ratios ofthe human body, exploring ways in which the ideal form of architecture could best accommodate the body.  

Villa Savoye Poissy-sur-Seine, France. 1929-31. Wood, aluminum, and plastic. / Le Corbusier; The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase. © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS)

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 ourselves.

Marseille, model of the superstructure showing the surrounding country. / Le Corbusier; The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase. © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS)

Perhaps Le Corbusier is best known for pioneering the modernist aesthetic and his extensive work as part of the International Style, but this exhibit at MoMA will reveal the sources of his varied approach to design and the root of influence in his work. Catch the exhibition in New York City, opening June 9th, 2013

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Cite: "MoMA: Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes" 06 Jun 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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