Le Corbusier's Italy
18/10/2012 - 17/02/2013
Until 17th February 2013, Rome's MAXXI museum is holding the exhibition Le Corbusier's Italy, which illustrates the meanings and roles of Italy in the artistic training and architectural design of Le Corbusier, from his early youth to the architectural projects he proposed for Italy.
The exhibition starts with the importance of Italy in the training of the young Charles-Edouard Jeannert (Le Corbusier's real name) over the course of four trips between 1907 and 1923 and continues with the town-planning research completed between the Thirties and the search for clients like Mussolini, FIAT and Olivetti.
The exhibition then presents a collection of paintings created by Le Corbusier in the Purism years, shown together with works by Carlo Carrà, Giorgio Morandi and Gino Severini, and ends with a presentation of the most tangible design opportunities that involved Le Corbusier after the Second World War, such as the Nuovo Ospedale di Venezia and the Olivetti Electronic Calculation Centre in Rho (MI).
Although none of these designs ever saw the light, partly owing to the death of Le Corbusier, they bear important witness to Le Corbusier's architectural language in the later years.
A further dimension is added to each section with photographic archives that allow visitors to get a better idea of Le Corbusier the man and the contexts in which his original artistic and architectural style was developed.