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An exhibition in Madrid explores Le Corbusier’s pictorial facet

MAR/2018

The Guillermo de Osma Gallery in Madrid started the year with an exhibition on Le Corbusier, that arrived in the Spanish capital after having passed through Barcelona’s Marc Domènech gallery in 2017.


Although Le Corbusier is essentially known as one of the 20th century’s major architects, in this case the show invited us to explore one of the author’s lesser-known facets, specifically one relating to his plastic work, in around thirty productions from his period of maturity, which is included in the timespan encompassing from the late 1920s to 1960.


Through the paintings, drawings and collages of the French-Swiss architect and artist, the exhibition seeked to showcase the process of Le Corbusier’s pictorial study and production of the human figure, especially that of women, which in 1948 led to his proposing the Modulor, his famous system of proportions. As explained by the architect and doctor in Theory and History of Architecture Marisa García Vergara in the text of the catalogue that accompanied the show, “from 1918 onwards the human figure began to appear in his paintings, but in the 1930s, after his travels in South America and Algeria, this became the central theme of his plastic work, particularly the female figure, the essential protagonist of his artistic production”.


The exhibition complemented the discourse outlined by Le Corbusier’s plastic work with a selection of original pieces of furniture designed by the architect at the start of that period, such as the Fauteuil B (1928), the Siège à dossier basculant Mob. B 301 (1928-29) or the suite for the Pavillon Suisse (1933).


GUILLERMO DE OSMA GALERíA

Claudio Coello, 4
28001 Madrid. Spain

T/+34 914 355 936

www.guillermodeosma.com

info@guillermodeosma.com


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