Conch shells, ceramics from the Balkans, flotsam and industrial glass: the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich is dedicating its first exhibition in the newly renovated Pavillon Le Corbusier to the Swiss architect of the century’s passion for collecting, in a display providing insight into his creative cosmos. Throughout his life, Le Corbusier pursued the vision of a synthesis of the arts and brought together objects and trouvailles from art, industry, folklore and nature in his assemblages. These served his various artistic practices both as points of reference and as sources of inspiration. The exhibition brings together originals from Le Corbusier’s private collection, historical photographs, casts and paintings as well as found natural objects and places them in a visual and content-related dialogue.
Curated by Arthur Rüegg and Christian Brändle.
“Mon univers presents Le Corbusier in a very personal way: The beautiful little things he collected for himself are full of stories and emotions. A pebble or a piece of bark thus becomes an ‘objet à réaction poetique.’ The exhibition encourages visitors to discover their own objects.”
“I long dreamed of being able to examine Le Corbusier’s treasures more closely and also to exhibit them. These vases, shells, and glasses appear time and again in his work. The exhibition shows how important his ‘private collection’ must have been to him as a source of inspiration.”
“No place is more beautiful than the newly renovated Pavillon Le Corbusier to present the architect’s private collection. The building’s intimacy and the collection’s personal touch engage in a wonderful dialogue.”
Mon univers. Le Corbusier’s World of Objects