Le Corbusier, architect of books /

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Main Author: Smet, Catherine de
Corporate Authors: Centro per l'arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci
Museo d'arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto

Musée d'art moderne et contemporain de Strasbourg
Format: Book
Language:English
Published:Baden, Switzerland : Lars Müller Publishers, c2005
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Main Author:Smet, Catherine de
Uniform Title:Le Corbusier, architecte du livre. English
Summary:

Meet Le Corbusier--book designer. Coined the "Architect of the Twentieth Century," Le Corbusier's buildings have long been a part of the canon of modern architecture. He was a challenging figure who mainly designed based on his "five points of new architecture," in order to bring man's living up to speed with the technology, aesthetics, and politics of his age. He is infamous for his design of the capital at Chandigarh, India, and well-loved for his the concrete Chapel of Notre Dame-du-Haut in Ronchamp, France. In fact, Le Corbusier is so loved, disliked, or revered for his architecture that his work as a book designer and author is scarcely known and even-more-scarcely documented. Yet, in his lifetime (1887-1965) he meticulously planned and realized over 40 books. And in this publication, Le Corbusier: Architect of Books, these works are thoroughly and comprehensively presented in order to familiarize viewers with the lesser-known book designer. Cathérine de Smet, an art historian and critic with profound knowledge on this aspect of Le Corbusier's work, is our guide through photographs of the books and previously unpublished archive material. At the end of this book, we come to understand the process through which Le Corbusier's books first came into being, and the significance that he accorded to books as an essential medium within his output. 100 illustrations

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General Notes:Excerpt from a longer book: Le Corbusier, architecte du livre
Published to coincide with the exhibition "Le Corbusier: The architect and his books" held March 20-May 29, 2005 at the Centro per l'arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, Italy ; June 11-Sept. 11, 2005 at the Museo d'arte moderna e contemporanea-MART, Trento e Rovereto, Italy ; Nov. 18, 2005-Feb. 26, 2006 at the Musée d'art moderne et contemporain, Strasbourg, France
Physical Description:128 p. : col. ill., ports. ; 29 cm
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (p. 126-127)
ISBN:3037780347
3037780339 (French edition)
3037780525 (German edition)
8885191371 (Italian edition)