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How 'Vandalizing' a Classic Exposes the Hypocrisy of Today's Modernists

00:00 - 16 October, 2014
How 'Vandalizing' a Classic Exposes the Hypocrisy of Today's Modernists, © Xavier Delory
© Xavier Delory

These images from artist Xavier Delory show Le Corbusier's celebrated Villa Sovoye in a shocking state of disrepair. With stones and spray paint, vandals have tragically defaced its pristine walls and windows. Don't panic: the images shown here are photoshopped. But what if they weren't? In this article originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "Modernism in Ruins: Artist "Vandalizes" a Le Corbusier Masterpiece," AJ Artemel explores how our shock and dismay at such images exposes an underlying hypocrisy in our reverence for famous modernist works, and proposes that perhaps Modernism and vandalism are more closely related than we thought.

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