Le Corbusier. The Secrets of Creativity: Between Painting and Architecture, demonstrated the many facets of architect, artist, designer and publisher, Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, better known as Le Corbusier, at an exhibition timed to coincide with the 125th anniversary of his birth. Organized and supported by the AVC Charity Foundation, the exhibition was held at the Central Hall of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts.
Le Corbusier drew inspiration from the most ordinary objects, which he embodied in his work in the most original of ways. Visitors had an insight to the architect’s creative laboratory and were able to trace the links between his painting, sculpture, travel notes and architectural projects.
A special place at the exhibition was given to his relationship with Russia. Not only did he design the Tsentrosoyuz building in Moscow but embarked on an important prоject for the Palace of Soviets and compiled a plan for the reconstruction of Moscow, later to form the basis of his famous Radiant City.
The scope of the exhibition was unprecedented. Designed specially for the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, it demonstrated the cross-currents between Le Corbusier’s interests over sixty years: painting, urbanism, architecture, furniture design and publishing. Four hundred exhibits comprised paintings, drawings, tapestries, photographs, sculpture, books, architectural plans and scale models.
Many of the displayed items were lent by the Le Corbusier Foundation (Paris), the Shchusev Museum of Architecture (Moscow), the Museum Bellerive (Zurich) and the AVC Charity Foundation.
The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts
Curator: Jean-Luis Coen