Le Corbusier – The art of Architecture

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LE CORBUSIER – THE ART OF ARCHITECTURE – 2 October 2008 – 18 January 2009
Open: 11.00 – 18.00 daily (last entry 17.30)
At Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral Crypt, Brownlow Hill.

An exhibition by Vitra Design Museum in collaboration with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Trust and the Netherlands Architecture Institute
Supported by the Liverpool Culture Company as part of the 2008 European Capital of Culture programme.

le-corb-1.jpgHow lucky we are to be here in Liverpool for yet another great exhibition. Imagine if Liverpool wasn’t Capital of Culture, this along with all the other big events would be in Newcastle probably, dread the thought.

I have to admit I knew little about the ‘Godfather of Modern Architecture’ before yesterday. Now I’m a bit of a fan, I want to see and know more. So I splashed out on the rather weighty and pricey catalogue.

I had not realised he was such a prolific painter and sculptor – many abstracts in earthy colours reminiscent of Picasso and although you expect architects to be able to draw, his are not just sketches of buildings but many figurative works are shown here. Not masterpieces by any means but pretty good

le-corb-2.jpgThe venue too is splendid. I’ve been in the crypt several times, including during a previous Biennial but this will be the first visit for many so in a way its a bit of a shame that the massive exhibition and all its temporary white walls actually obstruct the view. The crypt is best seen in the raw.

The exhibition is thematic rather than chronological with three main sections – ‘Context’, ‘Privacy and Publicity’ and ‘Built Art’ which I think is a better way of presenting the information.

The idea of a celebrity architect seems odd even now but some 70 years ago he probably was. He managed to be controversial and radical while still popular, likable and stylish. He had a very multi-disciplinary approach fusing architecture, urban planning, art, design and new media (as film was then).

LECTURES
LE CORBUSIER: THE ART OF ARCHITECTURE
2 OCTOBER – 18 JANUARY 2009, VARIOUS VENUES IN LIVERPOOL
As well as the outstanding exhibition at the Crypt in the Catholic
Cathedral, there will be a series of talks taking place in October and
November – see
http://www.architecture.com/WhatsOn/Exhibitions/lecorbusier/season.aspx
for further details.

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