The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo (JP)   19 February 2019 - 19 May 2019

Le Corbusier and the Age of Purism

This exhibition presents about a hundred works by Le Corbusier and his contemporaries, accompanied by architectural models, publications and films. It offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the spirit of the modern era that Le Corbusier sought to express, in the heart of a museum building of its own design.

Curator : Hiroya Murakami

The main building of the National Museum of Western Art (NMWA), which has been on UNESCO's World Heritage List since 2016, was designed by Le Corbusier (1887-1965), one of the greatest architects of the 20th century.

The exhibition Le Corbusier and the Age of Purism, which commemorates the 60th anniversary of the NMWA, focuses on the period when the young Swiss architect Charles-Édouard Jeanneret (known as Le Corbusier) settled in Paris, the capital of modern art. She is interested in her work over nearly a decade in fields as diverse as painting, architecture, urban planning, publishing and interior design.

At the end of 1918, just after the end of the First World War, Jeanneret and the painter Amédée Ozenfant invented Purism, a movement that advocates an art of "construction and synthesis" corresponding to the evolution of modern technologies. Jeanneret, who practiced painting while seeking new forms of architecture, was greatly inspired in the 1920s by his interaction with Parisian avant-garde artists, which encouraged his transformation into Le Corbusier, the flagship of modern architecture.

Works on loan

Table, pipe, livres, bouteille, papier