“Color in architecture is a means as powerful as the ground plan and section.” Le Corbusier was fascinated by color, and by the spatial and associative properties of color, his whole life long. A universal artist, he made color an integral part of his architectural concept and developed “color keyboards” to match. The Zurich pavilion marks the culmination of his lifelong preoccupation with color in architecture.
This exhibition retraces the most important milestones of Le Corbusier’s polychromy with some 100 photographs, originals, and plans. It shows how his uniquely intelligible position has forfeited none of its topicality and interest. Three large-format installations assure visitors of a sensually immersive experience of color.
Le Corbusier and Color
Museum für Gestaltung Zürich (ed.)
Le Corbusier was fascinated by color and its spatial and associative properties his whole life long. A universal artist, he made color an integral part of his architectural concept and developed “color keyboards” to match. This publication traces the most important milestones in the development of his polychromy and shows that his uniquely intelligible position has forfeited none of its topicality.
Do you know Corbu? The famous architect, urban planner, draughtsman and painter, sculptor, carpet and furniture designer, writer and collector Le Corbusier? His pavilion cannot be understood from a single point of view. You can only get to know it in motion. So, take your course sheet and off you go!
An architectural walk in the Pavillon Le Corbusier for young people aged 9 and over (without the accompaniment of a guide)
Course sheet available at the cash desk.
Open offer for self-design
Put together color concepts for Le Corbusier's furniture classics, develop houses and interiors, build the famous "Grand Comfort" armchair out of paper, or lay Modulor patterns: Everyone can try out and design for themselves at the hands-on tables in the pavilion at any time!
Children & co
Contributions from an early age! The museum offers special workshops, guided tours and more for children and their companions.
The museum offers schoolchildren and trainees a versatile learning and experimental platform on current design topics.
Everyone above 16
Have you been designing today? Our diverse educational offerings provide exceptional insights into various design topics.
The Museum für Gestaltung Zürich offers a variety of activities that people with and without disabilities can take part in together.
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