Swiss born, French architect, interior designer, artist, city planner, writer, and photographer, and one of the most consummate artists of the 20th century, Le Corbusier (Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, 1887) gets his first major exhibition at the MoMA. Guest curator Jean-Louis Cohen brings us into Le Corbusier’s real and imagined landscapes, in watercolors, photographs, and models of his large-scale projects.

Modern Painter Magazine gives us this preview of the works and the creation of the exhibit.

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Model of “Palace of the Soviets, Moscow,” and Interior re-creation of the pavilion for “Villa Church, Ville d’Avray,” with Corbusier’s furniture designs. THAT’s where you know him from, those awesome chairs!

Jean-Louis Cohen says Le Corbusier had the fortune of never being “trapped in a vision of himself [that] he had created before.” Corbu constantly explored new ways to make art, and regardless of his critics, Cohen presents the development of the artist’s design concepts through his paintings, and the connections those designs did have with actual places, as opposed to being homeless objects of beauty.

The exhibition runs through September 23, 2013 at the MoMA.


Three courses will be offered in conjunction with the exhibition, which unfortunately are sold out. We hope this tease will encourage you to take advantage of the museum’s popular programs.

The Internationalist: Le Corbusier’s Travels, Theories, and Practice 6:30–8:20 p.m., 7/2, 7/9, 7/16 Instructor: Lauren Kaplan.

Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes talk Wednesday, July 3, 2013, 12:30 p.m. A one-hour lecture free to members (with the exception of Global members) on a first-come, first-served basis.

You can find out more about the exhibition here.

© 2013 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photographs by: Jonathan Muzikar