Master architect Le Corbusier’s passion for photography, and its implementation in his works, has received much less attention worldwide. With a view to dwell on this passion of his, and to offer a glimpse of his inner private world, the Embassy of Switzerland in New Delhi – in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts of La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland) and Foundation Le Corbusier (Paris) – organised a travelling exhibition at the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh in mid October, on the occasion of the architect’s 50th death anniversary.
This was done in collaboration with the Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi and Chandigarh administration.
The exhibition categorised into sections of biographical notes, ‘Portraits of a Life’, ‘Contemporary Approaches’ and ‘A Secret Photographer’, corroborate Le Corbusier’s affinity towards ‘images’ that were used by him to innovate, inspire, reflect and communicate.
The recent discovery of a large number of negatives of pictures taken by him – which remain largely unpublished, showcase his various personalities, his creativity, work and thought process.
The exhibition having also later travelled to Delhi and Ahmedabad, will adorn the cities of Mumbai, Kochi and Chennai in 2016.
Apurva Bose Dutta who attended the exhibition, captures Le Corbusier’s precious moments in her frame.
Text And Photos By Apurva Bose Dutta