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Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes opens at MoMA

June 23, 2013

MoMA’s first major exhibition on the work of Le Corbusier, encompassing his work as an architect, interior designer, artist, city planner, writer and photographer, opened June 15. The exhibition actually kicked off the weekend prior with a sold-out international symposium organized jointly by the AIA New York Chapter and MoMA.

DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State was proud to be a sponsor of the symposium. Titled “Le Corbusier/New York,” the symposium examined how Le Corbusier’s ideas about New York City influenced his work and how his legacy impacted the city’s built environment. Saturday’s speakers included architect Peter Eisenman, Yale Professor Stanislaus von Moos, Columbia Professor Mary McLeod, MoMA’s Barry Bergdoll and Jean-Louis Cohen, among many others. On Sunday morning, over a hundred symposium participants attended a tour of the United Nations where they were the first outside group to see the recently completed restoration of the Conference Building’s three chambers.

DOCOMOMO members and friends were well represented and two of our board members staffed a table at the Center for Architecture where they helped to educate attendees about DOCOMOMO’s mission and activities.

Conceived by guest curator Jean-Louis Cohen, this major exhibition reveals the ways in which Le Corbusier observed and imagined landscapes throughout his career, using all the artistic techniques at his disposal, from his early watercolors of Italy, Greece, and Turkey, to his sketches of India, and from the photographs of his formative journeys to the models of his large-scale projects.

Through Monday September 23
MoMA, sixth floor
Exhibition website

A large group is led through the gallery by exhibition curator Jean-Louis Cohen. Photo credit: John Hill of A Daily Dose of Architecture blog