If you are stuck in this hot town and long for a green escape, MoMA’s current show of sketches, models, plans and paintings by the architect Le Corbusier provides a quick fix. Guest curator Jean-Louis Cohen (along with MoMA’s chief architecture and design curator, Barry Bergdoll) offers a sweeping visual tour through Switzerland, the Mediterranean, Russia, Algeria, India, Brazil and beyond, focusing on the relationship between specific local landscapes and the Modernist’s International Style.
Le Corbusier famously developed free façades, supporting a building with interior columns of metal and concrete so that walls could in effect become windows. The show starts, as all summer mornings should, in a shack on the Mediterranean Sea. A picture window frames a view of the sea off Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. It