Le Corbusier at MoMA: A Modernist Master, Reconsidered

The late modernist icon has become an object of derision for redefining houses as "machines for living."

Photo courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase, 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris/FLC.

Poor Le Corbusier. The late modernist icon has become an object of derision for redefining houses as "machines for living" and spawning scores of less-talented imitators whose hulking housing complexes became synonymous with social alienation. But a new exhibition at MoMA will make you reevaluate the architect everyone loves to hate. "Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes" gathers everything from still-life paintings inspired by Picasso to pastel sketches of Algiers, artfully rebuilding and redeeming a master's legacy.

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Photo courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase, 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris/FLC.

"I prefer drawing to talking. Drawing is faster and leaves less room for lies." —Le Corbusier

Showcasing Le Corbusier's lesser-known but by no means less ambitious work in photography, watercolor, interior design, city planning, and writing, the exhibition focuses on the role landscape—both at home in Switzerland and abroad—played in his work.

Below, some of his most iconic pieces.

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Photo courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase, 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris/FLC.

The LC4 Chaise Lounge ($4,050) According to Le Corbusier "Chairs are architecture; sofas are bourgeois."

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Photo courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase, 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris/FLC.

The Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut, completed in 1955

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Photo courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase, 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris/FLC.

Centre Le Corbusier in Zrich

Exhibition runs June 15 - September 23, 2013.

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