The Museum of Applied Arts has organized this exhibition in collaboration with Le Corbusier Foundation in honour of this outstanding architect, artist and creator, who left an indelible mark on the 20th century architecture and made his further progress possible. The exhibition features as many as 50 photographs of architectural works and 30 reproductions of Le Corbusier’s paintings.
Slobodan Stanojević, the author of the exhibition argued in the catalogue: “… This exhibition complete with its catalogue represents the realization of a most modest wish to pay due respect to Corbusier … Every kind of artistic creation tends to have both their advocates and opponents, and those by Corbusier certainly do. The exhibition and the catalogue are dedicated to all generations of architects and urban planners who are with us now and who are yet to come, as an example that will show how necessary knowledge, perseverance and self-denial are as investments in the process of creation of the complex work of architecture – of new architecture and urbanism.“
Corbusier was an exceptional man of his time. As an author, with his unique view of architecture and his personal experiences in the insight into human needs and characteristics, with new organization in the employment of work and of living space, he made a lasting trace upon the architecture of the 20th century. In the relentless pursuit of the new, there emerged: Ronchamp, Unitéd’Habitation in Marseille, Chandigarh, Convent of La Tourette… For this artist, writing books was an equally important tool to describe in precise terms the reality of observation and the insight into one’s immediate surroundings, as well as the essence of the natural laws around us.
During his life, Corbusier was absolutely and continually present at the market of ideas and concepts through varied, but related, activities: architecture, painting, sculpture, furniture design. He managed to develop his own original production of idiosyncratic intensity and always in opposition to the current viewpoints of official schools and academia. Corbusier’s exploration of the proportions does not represent limitation of space, but its rational exploitation. The delving process into the nature does not represent limitation of space but its liberation.
This exhibition on Corbusier is organized as an accompanying feature of the exhibition The mapping of Identity – Architecture of Belgrade, 1919-2015 the author of which is Ljiljana Miletić Abramović, MA.
Dragana Kostica is the Belgrade-based editor in chief and founder of Still in Belgrade art, culture and club scene magazine. She holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Policy and Management in Arts (MA of Arts) and a Bachelor degree in Archaeology.