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  3. Pompidou Centre Hosts "Le Corbusier: The Measures of Man" Exhibition

Pompidou Centre Hosts "Le Corbusier: The Measures of Man" Exhibition

  • 06:00 - 25 June, 2015
Pompidou Centre Hosts "Le Corbusier: The Measures of Man" Exhibition
Pompidou Centre Hosts "Le Corbusier: The Measures of Man" Exhibition, Le Modulor. Image Courtesy of Centre Pompidou / Dist. RMN-GP/ Ph. Migeat; © FLC, ADAGP, Paris 2015
Le Modulor. Image Courtesy of Centre Pompidou / Dist. RMN-GP/ Ph. Migeat; © FLC, ADAGP, Paris 2015

To commemorate the architect 50 years after his death, from April 29 through August 3 the Pompidou center is hosting a retrospective on the life and works of Le Corbusier. The exhibition highlights Le Corbusier’s architecture and artwork, which is curated to trace his evolving understanding of the human body, and includes texts, paintings, drawings, sculptures, and models.

Trois Musiciennes. Image © FLC, ADAGP, Paris 2015
Trois Musiciennes. Image © FLC, ADAGP, Paris 2015
Le Corbusier, La cheminée. Image © FLC, ADAGP, Paris 2015
Le Corbusier, La cheminée. Image © FLC, ADAGP, Paris 2015

Le Corbusier’s interest in the body partially developed from his investigations of units of measurement and the concept of eurythmia, a way of experiencing art through movement based on proportion. The architect sought to provide an alternative to the metric system, which he viewed as irrelevant to architecture because of its lack of relation to the human form. While he found the imperial system’s basis in human proportions productive, he wanted to create a system that could produce consistently pleasant forms; as a result, Le Corbusier developed “Le Modulor,” a system of measurement derived from the golden section and the human body. [1]

Empreinte du Modulor. Image © FLC, ADAGP, Paris 2015
Empreinte du Modulor. Image © FLC, ADAGP, Paris 2015
Empreinte du Modulor. Image © FLC, ADAGP, Paris 2015
Empreinte du Modulor. Image © FLC, ADAGP, Paris 2015

To supplement the main exhibition, the Pompidou Center is offering several additional programs, including activities for children and families that invite participants to understand the human scale of Le Corbusier’s architecture through dance, and every Wednesday, a film series on the Le Corbusier’s design philosophies.To learn more about the exhibition, visit the Pompidou Centre’s website here.

Chapelle Notre-Dame-du-Haut, Ronchamp. Image Courtesy of Centre Pompidou / Dist. RMN-GP / B. Prévost; © ADAGP, Paris 2015
Chapelle Notre-Dame-du-Haut, Ronchamp. Image Courtesy of Centre Pompidou / Dist. RMN-GP / B. Prévost; © ADAGP, Paris 2015
Ribot, 1923. Image © FLC, ADAGP, Paris 2015
Ribot, 1923. Image © FLC, ADAGP, Paris 2015
Villa Savoye. Image Courtesy of ADAGP, Paris 2015; © Paul Koslowski
Villa Savoye. Image Courtesy of ADAGP, Paris 2015; © Paul Koslowski
Maison Weissenhoff. Image Courtesy of ADAGP, Paris 2015; © Dr. Lossen & Co
Maison Weissenhoff. Image Courtesy of ADAGP, Paris 2015; © Dr. Lossen & Co

[1] “Le Modulor.” Fondation Le Corbusier. Accessed June 21, 2015.

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Cite: "Pompidou Centre Hosts "Le Corbusier: The Measures of Man" Exhibition" 25 Jun 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/769009/pompidou-centre-hosts-le-corbusier-the-measures-of-man-exhibition/> ISSN 0719-8884