Seven photographers visited seven buildings of Le Corbusier (1887-1966) in France and Switzerland. Le Corbusier himself used photography purposefully to propagate his talent and his visions.
But how does photography encounter Le Corbusier’s works today? For the exhibition (Architekturikonen neu gesehen) seven photographers visited seven key works of Le Corbusier. Visitors can get a new perspective of his art of building.
Jürg Gasser was a guest at the Villa “Le Lac” (1923–1924), the little house that Le Corbusier built for his parents in Corseaux on the shore of Lake Geneva. Arthur Zalewsky photographed the Villa Savoye (1928–1931) in Poissy near Paris. Katharina Bayer visited the Unité d’habitation (1946–1952) in Marseille, a huge residential block, which as a vertical garden city stands for the Reconstruction after World War II. Seraina Wirz traveled to his summer residence Cabanon (1951–1952) in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. Lea Meienberg took up the challenge of the chapel of Notre-Dame-du-Haut (1951–1955) in Ronchamp near Belfort. Rasmus Norlander visited the convent of Sainte-Marie de La Tourette (1953–1960), the concrete structure that he built for the Dominican order in Éveux near Lyon. Erica Overmeer’s contribution is a portrait of the Pavillon, his last building (1963–1967).
Seven white architectural models of the buildings, identical in terms of scale and material, are on show on the ground floor.