Le Corbusier’s Early Drawings.1902-1916

The exhibition  (I disegni giovanili di Le Corbusier. 1902 1916) is dedicated to the drawings of Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, later Le Corbusier (1887-1965), which were created between 1902 and 1916. It shows more than eighty unpublished original drawings from public and private Swiss collections and includes numerous reproductions of drawings from the Fondation Le Corbusier in Paris (this foundation owns around 5,000 drawings). He entered the school of art and applied arts (L’Ecole d’art et d’art appliqué à l’industrie ) in his hometown La Chaux-de-Fonds in 1902. 1916 is the year before he moved to France in 1917 and opened an architectural practice in Paris.

The exhibition is arranged chronologically. It begins with his school days, and first architecture, then moves on to his travels and stays in European capitals in Italy, Paris, Berlin, and other German cities, and then to Eastern Europe, Istanbul, and Athens.

The other part shows his return and his stay in La Chaux-de-Fonds (1912-1916). During this time he also devoted himself to painting and drawing. He drew landscapes, animals, portraits, nudes, still lifes, and meticulously precise designs for watches, his first education at school.  But during this time he decided to study architecture, also on the advice of Charles L’Eplattenier (1874-1946), his professor at his school in La Chaux-de-Fonds. (Source and further information: www.arc.usi.ch/en/tam).