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Art; Moving a century function forward; Exhibition showcases the legacy of Modernism's breakaway style.
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Los Angeles Times - Los Angeles, Calif.
Subjects: Furniture; Visual artists; Architecture; Art exhibits
Author: Meisler, Stanley
Date: Apr 8, 2007
Start Page: F.8
Section: Sunday Calendar; Part F; Calendar Desk
Abstract (Document Summary)

It is difficult to show the work of an architect inside a museum, but the Corcoran exhibition does so by displaying an early Cubist- like painting by [Le Corbusier] (hanging near a Cubist painting by [Pablo Picasso]), a good-size model of his famous Villa Savoye, numerous samples of his drawings and plans, copies of his books and magazines, and film clips and photos of his works. The revolutionary design of the Villa Savoye, a private home in a suburb of Paris built in 1928, is shown clearly by the model, photos and film clips. Le Corbusier perched the white concrete house on thin concrete pillars. Since these pillars -- not walls -- supported the floors above, he did not need heavy walls. This allowed him to run windows across the walls from corner to corner so that light would flood the interior. On the top floor, he cut the house back to curving modules and laid down an outdoor garden around them.

ART ANEW: Styles large and small were reinvented, from left: Pablo Picasso's "Un Verre sur une Table" (A Glass on a Table), 1913; Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye, Poissy, France, 1928; [Fernand Leger], "The Mechanic," 1920.; PHOTOGRAPHER: National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; ART ANEW: Styles large and small were reinvented, from left: Pablo Picasso's "Un Verre sur une Table" (A Glass on a Table), 1913; Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye, Poissy, France, 1928; Fernand Leger, "The Mechanic," 1920.; PHOTOGRAPHER: Fondation Le Corbusier; ART ANEW: Styles large and small were reinvented, from left: Pablo Picasso's "Un Verre sur une Table" (A Glass on a Table), 1913; Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye, Poissy, France, 1928; Fernand Leger, "The Mechanic," 1920.; PHOTOGRAPHER: Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society/ Corcoran Gallery of Art; TO A MINIMUM: Airy Modernist rooms called for furnishings to match, such as [Marcel Breuer]'s 1925 club chair, created to give the illusion of sitting on air.; PHOTOGRAPHER: V&A Images / Victoria and Albert Museum, London; F3Stuart Davis' "Study for Swing Landscape."; PHOTOGRAPHER: Corcoran Gallery of Art

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