“Le Corbusier”

Lee Ufan at Le Corbusier

Listed as UNESCO world heritage, the Couvent de la Tourette, designed in 1953 by Le Corbusier, is hosting, as part of the Biennale de Lyon, the works of Lee Ufan. Minimalism and a sensitive relationship with space… After Versailles in 2014, the artist faces the austerity of the famous Dominican convent. An encounter.   Born in 1936, the Korean artist moved to Japan in 1956 and embarked on studies in Western philosophy. He is one of the main protagonists and theoreticians of the Mono-ha (“School of Things”) movement, emerging in 1968 and exploring the association of untransformed manufactured objects with elements of nature. “We must learn to see all things as they are without objectifying the world by means of representation which is imposed by humans,” he wrote in 1969 in the journal Critique du design. Ever since, Lee Ufan has worked in this fashion, uncompromisingly, relating places and materials, creating constantly renewed dialogues between the made and the non-made. His sculptural approach is reflected by his paintings characterised by coloured markings. For every exhibition, the artist recalls the necessity to work in situ in order to observe and be in tune with the space. In Lyon, Lee Ufan has created a series of installations, some of which hold the particularity of being ephemeral constructions, like his Japanese-paper room set in the middle of concrete pillars.   In this spot invested by a strong architectural gesture, how did you go about making your works dialogue with Le Corbusier? The idea that the artwork is a place of mediation between the inside and the outside has long pre-existed in my work. All my works have thus been thought out in relation to spaces and the relationship between the inside and the outside, perfectly accomplished by Le Corbusier in this impressive piece...

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The Cité Radieuse listed as UNESCO world heritage

In Marseille, the Cité Radieuse (whose first stone was laid in October 1947, and which was inaugurated in October 1952) was included on UNESCO’s world heritage list at the 40th session of the World Heritage Committee on 17 July in Istanbul. 17 architectural sites in seven countries were recognised as masterpieces of creative genius. The Cité is one of ten listed French sites. Ora Ito, the French designer who created the MAMO art centre on the Cité’s roof, in its former gymnasium, welcomed the news with emotion. For four years now, Ora Ito has been inviting renowned international artists to dialogue with the building: Daniel Buren, Xavier Veilhan, Dan Graham and currently Felice...

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Peter Doig’s Cabin Essence Jewel of Christie’s Auction, Frieze London

Christie’s London will be presenting Peter Doig’s Cabin Essence (1993-4) as the centerpiece of their Post War and Contemporary Evening Auction on 16 October 2015. It will be on display at Christie’s London from 10 October until its auctioning. The painting forms part of Doig’s celebrated Concrete Cabins series of 1991-6, made up of views of modernist buildings seen through trees. Cabin Essence is the largest work in this sequence and presents a clear view of Le Corbusier’s striking Unité d’Habitation, one of the most significant examples of modernist architecture of all time. Doig first visited the then forsaken temple of modernism in 1991, and so when he returned to Briey-en-Forêt, Northern France, in 1993 to take part in its restoration, the  building already held a somewhat nostalgic pull for him, as memory and vision became intertwined and transformed it into something of personal, as well as symbolic, significance. Using the original colour footage from his trip, Doig took a sequence of black and white stills and photocopied them to create a book of blurred vignettes that he then used to paint from. With the rich, opulent colour palette, his series of Concrete Cabins shimmer as glittering spectacles that recall the specificity of place and memory, whilst simultaneously evoking something ethereal, and almost otherworldly. Currently the property of a private American collector, Cabin Essence will be the jewel in the crown of Frieze Week, a week of Post War and Contemporary auctions at Christie’s London. A large proportion of the proceeds from its sale will be given to The World Justice...

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Le Corbusier exhibition a great success

“Mesures de l’homme” has attracted more than 260,000 visitors in three months (from 29 April to 3 August 2015). It is the biggest success for an architecture exhibition organised by the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The exhibition has been a craze for visitors. The Centre Pompidou had hosted events dedicated to architecture before but none among them had such a great success. The retrospective dedicated to Frank Gehry is the second best achievement for Centre Pompidou, with 204,000 visitors. The exhibition is mainly focused on the influence of the human body on the work of the architect: the body is perceived as a universal principle that defines the architectural dimensions. These results have not been tainted by the controversy that plagued the exhibition: critics have denounced the architect for having had dealings with the Nazi and Vichy regimes. The Centre Pompidou and the Le Corbusier Foundation announced the launch of a research programme to shed light on these allegations. An avant-garde architect, Le Corbusier changed the design of the architecture and the very notion of “living”...

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Le Corbusier at the Centre Pompidou

Paris’ Centre Pompidou is to host a solo exhibition of the works of Le Corbusier, on the 50th anniversary of his death on 27 August 1965, entitled “Mesure de l’homme”, which is to end on 3 August 2015. Almost 300 works by the French architect, planner, and painter are to be on display to the public, including a selection of drawings, models, paintings, and photographs which demonstrate the dynamism of his creations and the general aesthetic which inextricably links the three areas of his activity. An important modernist figure, “Mesure de l’homme” explores Le Corbusier’s works through the characteristics of the human body, characteristics both cognitive and physical and which are set out as a universal principle. In his experiments in proportion and perception, Le Corbusier creates a system of composition of forms and space in which the body defines architectural dimensions and spatial composition. Additionally, the Centre Pompidou and the Le Corbusier Fondation are to organise a symposium, beginning in 2016, which is to fuse the history of the institutions, their social and political backgrounds, the history of their various backers and also the more specific history of the architects and planners involved in their construction. After the 1953 and 1962 exhibitions dedicated to Le Corbusier in his lifetime by Paris’ Musée National d’Art Moderne and the Palais de Tokyo, an important retrospective was held on the 100th anniversary of his birth, in 1986, at the Centre Pompidou in which the institution looked at all aspects of his work and all periods of his...

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