‘Le Corbusier’ Exhibition Opens at Museum of Modern Art

At the same time it makes an extended and tendentious argument, defying conventional wisdom and in some cases basic logic, that Le Corbusier, the Cartesian aesthete, maker of “machines for living in,” celebrant of automobiles, biplanes and what he called the “White World,” was in fact an architect “profoundly rooted in nature and landscape,” as the opening text panel to the exhibition announces.

First things first: the show’s curators, Jean-Louis Cohen and Barry Bergdoll, have marshaled hundreds of drawings, watercolors, paintings, models and films, a cornucopia gleaned to a large extent from the Fondation Le Corbusier. They’ve commissioned large-scale photographs by Richard Pare, which are fine but don’t add a great deal, and fabricated full-size reproductions of furnished rooms, which do. There’s nearly everything that could practically be exhibited here, including the proverbial sink, albeit not a kitchen

Article source: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/18/arts/design/le-corbusier-exhibition-opens-at-museum-of-modern-art.html?pagewanted=all

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