Le Corbusier by the Sea

5 May 2018–28 October 2018

Villa Stenersen
Opening soon!

“I am attracted to every kind of natural organisation”
Le Corbusier, 1935

Many associate the architect Le Corbusier with the idea of the house as a machine for living – or with radical urban plans involving high-rise housing blocks and efficient traffic systems. He was obsessed with the machine. And yet his fascination with nature had a significant impact on his work, as both an architect and a painter.

This exhibition focuses on the years 1926–36, when Le Corbusier visited the Bassin d’Arcachon, a bay on the southwest coast of France, each summer. It was a place for recreation, far from the urban distractions of Paris. The architect tirelessly sketched whatever he found on the beach: boats, shells, cones, driftwood and stones. Later, back home, he abstracted this subject matter in his paintings. He wrote with fascination about how the fishermen built their cabins as a natural response to their daily routines and the climate: “These houses are palaces!”

With reproductions of sketches, written notes, photographs and paintings, the exhibition presents a less well-known aspect of Le Corbusier, as a dreamy and humorous person.

The exhibition is a collaboration with Professor Emeritus Tim Benton and the artist Bruno Hubert.


Don’t miss the exhibition at Villa Stenersen – Tuengen allé 10 C, Oslo

How to get there:

Villa Stenersen is a 10-minute walk from Borgen station (Metro line 2 or 5). Tuengen allé leads off from Sørkedalsveien, opposite the station platform.

Villa Stenersen does not have its own car park. Visitors coming by car must park in Tuengen allé.


Press: Elise Lund
Exhibition curators:
Tim Benton, Bruno Hubert, Talette Rørvik Simonsen
Curator Education: Gudrun A. Eidsvik
Project Manager: Gudrun A. Eidsvik 

Copyrights for all works by Le Corbusier © ADGAP-FLC

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