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Fondation Le Corbusier Museum In Paris France

The Fondation Le Corbusier is a museum dedicated to the architect, painter and sculptor Le Corbusier.

Charles Edouard Jeanneret-Gris was born in Switzerland in October 1887, but always chose to be known by the name of Le Corbusier and has become famous for his contributions of modern architecture.

Le Corbusier became a pioneer in modern design and dedicated a lot of his time to plans for providing better living conditions for the people who lived in crowded cities.  He became a French citizen when he was in his 30's and his phenomenal career spanned over 50 years with many of his iconic building designs being constructed throughout the world in places like Europe, India, North America and Russia, etc. 

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Fondation Le Corbusier Museum In Paris France

Although known for his architectural drawings as an urban planner, he was also a passionate painter, sculptor, writer, and designed modern furniture.

Le Corbusier was anxious to avoid his works getting split up and he initiated the necessary steps for the creation of the Le Corbusier Foundation and before he died in August 1965 while he was swimming in the Mediterranean Sea at Cap Martin he established the foundation as the heir to the entirety of his work, along with the houses where he resided in Paris and the house he had built for his parents at Corseaux on the shores of Lac Leman.

The Foundation Le Corbusier was officially created by a decree in the July of 1968 and was set up in Villas Jeanneret and Villa La Roche in the 16th arrondissement of Paris.

Situated in a cul-de-sac off of the Rue du Docteur Blanche, are the two private houses that were owned by Le Corbusier from 1923 and the Villa La Roche is now the museum and the Villa Jeanneret is the administration centre of the foundation since they took them over.

The buildings were constructed in the Cubist style and are very plain and the only extravagance that shows is a curved frontage and although they look commonplace now, they were a great contrast to anything that had been done before.

The collection owned by the foundation is made up of absolutely thousands of works by Le Corbusier and includes a number of enamels, around 100 engraved works that include etchings, around 450 canvases painted from 1918, sculptures, cartoon tapestries and thousands of sketches.

The Fondation Le Corbusier museum is open from 10am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 6pm on a Monday through to Thursday and on a Friday it is open from 10am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 5pm.

It is closed at weekends, on national holidays and during the month of August, so it is not somewhere you could visit during the summer holidays.

Address & Contact Details:

Fondation Le Corbusier
Villa La Roche
8-10 Square du Docteur Blanche

Telephone: 1 42 88 41 53

Fondation Le Corbusier Museum In Paris

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