The symposium will set out to document Le Corbusier’s relationship with so-called ‘primitive’ arts.

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Little work has focused on Le Corbusier's interest in diverse forms of primitive art even though his career has been constantly accompanied by certain works, from the drawings produced at the Musée d’ethnographie du Trocadéro in 1908-1909 to the multimedia installation of the Poème électronique ('Electronic Poem') in Brussels in 1958. For Le Corbusier, all of these objects are forms of primitive art, corresponding "to more fertile eras of invention".

The symposium will set out to document Le Corbusier's relationship to so-called 'primitive arts'. The presentations will look at the sources of his interest in non-European works of art during his formative years, his stays in Paris, London and Berlin, the role of primitive arts in purist publications, his relationships with gallery owners (Paul Guillaume and Louis Carré in particular), the 1935 exhibition 'Les arts dits primitifs dans la maison d’aujourd’hui' ('Primitive arts in today's home'), his relationship with Paul Rivet and Georges-Henri Rivière, his role in the presentation of the selection of arts at the Salon de la France d’outre-mer (an exhibition devoted to France's overseas possessions) at the Grand Palais in 1940, his interest in ethnomusicology, and the presence of these objects in his publications and his personal collections, among other subjects.



  • Categorie : Symposia
  • Scientific COmmittee

    • Christine Mengin, Institut national d’histoire de l’art
    • Michel Richard, Director of the Fondation Le Corbusier
    • Frédéric Keck, musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac

  • Place:   Salle de cinéma
  • TimeSlots:
    The Thursday 18 January 2018 from 16:00 to 18:30

    The Friday 19 January 2018 from 09:30 to 18:30

    Timeslot public :   Researcher, student
    Timeslot accessibility :
    • Handicap moteur

  • Accessibility:
    • Handicap moteur
  • Public:   Researcher, student
  • Free entry (subject to available places)
    Gratuit (dans la limite des places disponibles)