CELEBRATING THE 125TH ANNIVERSARY OF LE CORBUSIER'S BIRTH
Varsovie Radieuse. Le Corbusier’s Return Behind the Iron Gate
designing the 11 posters constituting the exhibition | 2012
organizer of the exhibition: Centrum Architektury, curator: Grzegorz Piątek, exhibition design: Marcin Kwietowicz, cooperation organization: Jakub Supera
Varsovie Radieuse. Le Corbusier’s Return Behind the Iron Gate was the exhibition that consisted of 11 posters-collages, 460 x 250 cm in dimension, which depicted a graphic interpretation of Le Corbusier’s 10 key principals of urban design. I had to make my own graphic interpretation of a statement such as, “The sun should reach every flat for a couple hours a day, even during the less favourable seasons”. I chose a collage since it allows for interweaving the fresh colours with old photographs.
La Ville Radieuse (1935) meaning “the radiant city” is one of the most important manifestos of modern urban design. It is a vision of a city filled with sunlight and greenery, similar to the Athens Charter published in 1933. The Warsaw estate “Behind the Iron Gate” is one of the boldest attempts to bring these ideals to life. Le Corbusier’s dream of designing and building part of an existing metropolis anew, without repeating the mistakes of the past, could have come true among the rubble of the destroyed (and before the war- neglected) Śródmieście district. The estate Behind the Iron Gate is both the site and the focus of the “Varsovie Radieuse” exhibition. Le Corbusier’s manifestos, the Athens Charter in particular, become the key to understanding one of Warsaw’s most controversial neighbourhoods and an invitation to reflect on the subject of the modern city.