A good many exhibitions have already been devoted to the multiple facets of Le Corbusier’s work, but his relationship to photography is a theme that has received little attention so far. Photography is, of course, an essential medium for the dissemination of his architectural work, but this exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in La Chaux-de-Fonds is not only considering the medium as a tool for representation, promotion and diffusion, but also as a means of artistic creation.
This is the most successful example of vulgarization through hanging that I have seeen on this topic so far.
The exhibition is presented in seven sections, curated by six internationally renowned curators. Since every curator followed different curatorial concepts, the challenge of the exhibition design and scenography was to develop a consistent language converging the different thematic approaches. For each section, we defined one color from the famous “Salubra” palette of Le Corbusier. We positioned the colored title partitions facing the entrance to each section. The design of the displays was inspired by an exhibition designed by Le Corbusier in the same museum in the 50s. He had placed the displays onto trestles, which we adopted and reinterpreted for this exhibition. The simple design and the raw materials (spruce wood) play with the notion of picture frames.
Planned as a travelling exhibition, “Le Corbusier and Photography” stopped at the CIVA – Centre International pour la Ville, l’Architecture et le Paysage in Brussels. Based on a modular system, our exhibition architecture allowed us to adapt our design to this post-industrial space, creating new paths and connections between the different sections.