Le Corbusier, the architect who wanted to bulldoze much of Paris, was a romantic at heart.
That’s the takeaway from the 320-object retrospective on the 20th century’s most influential architect, “Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Born in Switzerland in 1887, nicknamed Corbu in his later years, he established himself with an abstract painting style that made ordinary objects like bottles and guitars look like machine parts.
Guest curator Jean-Louis Cohen — working with Barry Bergdoll, MoMA’s chief curator of architecture and design — shows how the architect put those same forms together in white-plastered concrete to build both social housing and luxurious villas as austerely elegant sculptures.
The show mixes paintings with a profusion of drawings and sketches, some exquisite building models, and some full-size room mockups that fall flat.
On display are drawings of the 1925 Plan Voisin,