Gallery Philia’s new exhibition pays tribute to Le Corbusier
The exhibition at Le Corbusier’s residential building, Unite d’Habitation in Marseille, invites contemporary designers and artists to consider the principles of the architect
Galerie Philia, specialist in design and contemporary art, collaborated with the art magazine Eclipse we have a new exhibition, ‘Legacies’. The show, at Unite d’Habitation in Marseille, marks the 70th anniversary of Le Corbusier’s residential housing design, also referred to as ‘La Cité Radieuse’.
“Heritages” takes place in two rooms of an apartment in the residence, the design of which respects the harmonious proportions of Le Corbusier’s Modulor theory, where the human form is considered on the scale of the room. Eight designers have been invited by Galerie Philia to give their own interpretation of Le Corbusier’s principles, and their work is presented alongside contemporary works by six visual artists chosen by Eclipse magazine.
“Le Corbusier is considered one of the most influential historical figures in contemporary design,” says co-founder of Galerie Philia, Ygaël Attali. “Either by affiliation or disaffiliation, all of the works in this exhibition question his work and his legacy, and intend to respond to his theoretical but also controversial genius.
The works are divided into two parts, “Résonances” and “Dissonances”, in a nod to the polarity that Le Corbusier’s theories invite. In the first part, “Resonances”, his legacy becomes a basis for designers such as Rick Owens, Pietro Franceschini, Arno Declercq and Paul Matter, who sculpt armchairs, sofas and vases in minimalist forms. The works of Edgar Sarin and Mateo Revillo are based on this brutalist aesthetic.
Jojo Corväiá, Roxane Lahidji, Jérôme Pereira, Niclas Wolf, Sam Szafran, Fabrice Hyber and Flora Temnouche adopt a more critical perspective in “Dissonances”, a tactile celebration of organic forms.
“Installed within the walls of Le Corbusier’s architectural masterpiece, La Cité Radieuse, the “Heritages” exhibition weaves a dialogue of resonances and dissonances between contemporary artists, designers and Le Corbusier, acting both as a tribute and a critical reflection on his theoretical and artistic work. ideology”, the editors of Eclipse add. §