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Le Corbusier and 20th Century Art

Tuesday 6 August – Monday 4 November, 2013
9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Fridays and Saturday 2 November - Sunday 3 November 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
(Admission ends 30 mins. before closing time)
Mondays except 12 August, 16 and 23 September, 14 October and 4 November.
Closed on 5, 17 and 24 September and 15 October.
The National Museum of Western Art, Main building
Organized by
The National Museum of Western Art
With the special cooperation of
Fondation Le Corbusier, TAISEI Corporation
With the Cooperation of
Japan Airlines Co., Ltd.
The Western Art Foundation
Admission Fees
Adults 420 yen, College students 130 yen
Discount fees for groups of 20 or more
Adults 210 yen, College students 70yen
High School and Junior high school students, younger children and those aged 65 and over admitted free of charge.
Disabled visitors admitted free of charge with one attendant. Please present your disability identification upon arrival.
FUN DAY (Saturday 10 August and Sunday 11 August) free

Le Corbusier (1887–1965), designer of the National Museum of Western Art’s Main Building, was not only a major 20th century architect, he was also a multitalented artist active in a huge range of media, from painting to sculpture, prints, tapestry and film. He spent every morning in his studio painting and every afternoon in his architectural office, a rare creative talent capable of switching effortlessly between different realms.

This exhibition has been organized with the cooperation of the Fondation Le Corbusier in Paris and the Taisei Corporation, holders of one of the world’s major collections of Le Corbusier art works. A principle feature of this exhibition is its display of Le Corbusier’s paintings and sculptures in a building that he himself designed. Focus has turned in recent years to the fact that he sought a “synthesis of the arts” in the latter half of his life. This exhibition will provide visitors with an opportunity to confirm exactly how his art works and his architectural spaces interact and reverberate with each other.

In addition to Le Corbusier’s own works, this exhibition also includes works by artists who were both his contemporaries and closely connected to him. It seeks to provide a glimpse of Le Corbusier’s unique artistic vision developed through his search for the roots of creativity through a wide expanse of artistic production, not limited to the Modernist framework, as seen in works by Ozenfant, Léger, and Lipchitz, who were his close companions during the period in which he heralded L’Esprit Nouveau, the Cubists (Picasso, Braque, Gris, Leger, Laurens) whom he greatly admired, and the unusual painters whom he was quick to note, such as Bauchant, DuBuffet and Louis Soutter.

Lectures will be also held at a museum. Please visit Lectures/Symposium page for details.

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