An exhibition of specially commissioned works takes place in Le Corbuiser’s famous building, the Unite d’Habitation in Marseille. Organized by Galerie Philia in collaboration with the art magazine Eclipse, the exhibition Héritages brings together renowned designers, inviting them to create pieces around concepts and theories that the brutalist architect would apply to his work.
Spread over two spaces within the building, completed by Le Corbusier in 1952 and which has become one of his most famous works, Héritages unfolds over two adjacent rooms, in an apartment with large bay windows. In the first room, the works are grouped under the theme of “Resonances” and aim to speak of Le Corbusier’s legacy and historical heritage by responding to his characteristic aesthetic.
Rick Owens applied this to a candlestick named Swan Neck, made from sturdy bronze; an armchair by Pietro Franceschini features blocky volumes in a bold yellow mohair velvet; and a minimalist sculptural sofa by Arno Declerq was made of steel, a material often used by Le Corbusier. The collection is complemented by a piece by Paul Matter, who often looks to Le Corbusier’s Assembly Palace in Chandigarh for inspiration. Using the principles of Le Corbusier’s ‘Modulor’ – a scale of anthropometric proportions developed by the architect to define a number of his buildings – he created a brass light that extends at two angles.
The second room, named ‘Dissonances’, is filled with works by artists and designers tasked with critically reflecting on Le Corbusier’s theories of standardization and regularity. A ceramic table by Jojo Corväiá is full of irregularities and cracks, just like a small salt table by Roxane Lahidji. Jérôme Pereira’s oak piece explores the question of balance, like Niclas Wolf’s hammered bronze candlesticks. Artists’ drawings are also in the room. Post-war artist Sam Szafran is paired with contemporary artists Fabrice Hyber and Flora Temnouche.
“Le Corbusier is considered one of the most influential historical figures in contemporary design. Either by affiliation or by disaffiliation, all of the works in this exhibition question his work and his legacy, and intend to respond to his theoretical but also controversial genius”, specifies Ygaël Attali, co-founder of the Philia Gallery.
“The exhibition weaves a dialogue of resonances and dissonances between contemporary artists, designers and Le Corbusier, acting both as a tribute and a critical reflection on his theoretical and artistic ideology”, adds the Eclipse team.
Other design exhibits recently opened include a collection of furniture made from ocean plastic by Brodie Neill at London’s Sotheby’s auction house.
Legacies runs from May 7 to July 2, coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the completion of the Unite d’Habitation.
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