As part of the Year of Swiss Innovation in India (YoSI), the Embassy of Switzerland in India has organised a tour of an exhibition called “Le Corbusier – Mastering the Image”.
This exhibition, also an important part of the “Year of Swiss Innovation in India 2015-2016″ was presented in Chandigarh, New Delhi and Ahmedabad last year. In 2016, the exhibition will travel to Mumbai and Bangalore.
In Bangalore, the exhibition Le Corbusier – Mastering the image is presented in collaboration with the National Gallery of Modern Art. It will open on 7 April 2016 at 6:00 PM. (Entry is free on the day of the opening.)
Venue: National Gallery of Modern Art (Ground Floor New Wing) #49, Manikyavelu Mansion, Palace Road, Bengaluru,
Date: Opening on 07 April 2016 at 6:00 PM
Exhibition on view till 23 April 2016
Exhibition timings: Daily 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m – Mondays and National holidays closed
This exhibition is not limited to the photographic representation of the achievements of Le Corbusier. Photography becomes both a tool for promoting or disseminating and a means of artistic and visual research. Specialists of the work of Le Corbusier and of photography have had different approaches to this little explored subject so far.
Le Corbusier (1887-1965) is one of the major figures of the twentieth century: his architectural practice and thought have profoundly influenced several generations of architects and urban planners, and his legacy still contributes in shaping contemporary environment.
A good many exhibitions have already been devoted to the multiple facets of Le Corbusier’s work, but his relationship to photography, although it touches on many aspects of his varied career, is a theme that has so far received little attention.
Photography is, of course, an essential medium for the dissemination of his architectural work, but this exhibition is not limited to the photographic representations of Le Corbusier’s creations. Indeed, in his case, photography deserves to be considered in a much broader perspective: what concerns us here therefore is photography not only as a tool for representation, promotion and diffusion, but also as a means of artistic creation.
Over 150 photographs in black and white and color are set in different formats and themes. Many of the black and white photographs have been taken by Le Corbusier himself and were shown for the first time at the exhibition “The Constructed image: Le Corbusier and photography” (30th of September 2012 – 13th of January 2013) of the Museum of Fine Arts in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.
1. LE CORBUSIER. MASTERING THE IMAGE
2. LE CORBUSIER. CHARLES-EDOUARD JEANNERET
3. PORTRAITS OF A LIFE. BETWEEN PRIVATE LIFE AND PUBLIC PERSONA
- Private Life
- The Architect and his works
- Around the World
- In Society
- Places for Creation
- The Architect, the Artist, the Icon
- Promotion of his work
- The Indian Dream
4. CONTEMPORARY APPROACHES. MODERNISM FROM A DISTANCE
Alexey Naroditsky (Russian), Thomas Flechtner (Swiss), Diwan Manna (Indian), Stéphane Couturier (French), Cemal Emden (Turkish) Ram Rahman (Indian).
5. A SECRET PHOTOGRAPHER. MEMORY AND MENTAL PHOTOGRAPHY
- The Ocean Liner Conte Biancamano
- Objects that inspire a Poetic Reaction
- Forces Cosmiques
- New Vision
- The People of Arcachon
All the photographs have been printed, mounted and produced in India. Special modular walls have been created, keeping in mind the architectural structures of the venues (Chandigarh, New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Bangalore) so as to retain the concept of the original display design while respecting the chosen architectural space and local conditions. The curatorial work is the result of the close collaboration between the Museum of Fine Arts of La Chaux-de-Fonds (Lada Umstätter, curator-director and Sophie Vantieghem assistant curator) and the cultural team of the Embassy of Switzerland. The design work has been completed by Swiss/German Onlab Agency and represented by Thibaud Tissot, Swiss scenographer and graphic designer along with Niloufar Tajeri, architect.
Produced by the Embassy of Switzerland in India, this exhibition has been made possible with the collaboration of the National Gallery of Modern Art Bangalore and the Consulate General of Switzerland in Bangalore and the support of all the partners and sponsors of the Year of Swiss Innovation in India.