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What Moves Us?

Le Corbusier and Asger Jorn in Art and Architecture

Le Corbusier (1887–1965) is one the most influential architects of the twentieth century. In the Scandinavian countries, his influence is arguably most pronounced in the writings and art of the Danish experimentalist Asger Jorn (1914–1973). Their collaboration on Le Corbusier’s pavilion for the 1937 Paris World Exhibition sparked Jorn’s lifelong fascination with the great architect and with architecture more broadly as an inherently public form of art. At the same time, Le Corbusier started working in the visual arts and began to move from a rational, technological approach to architecture towards a more poetic, materialist approach.
           
Published in collaboration with the Museum Jorn, Silkeborg, What Moves Us? focuses specifically on the reception of Le Corbusier in Scandinavia, with the relationship between Jorn and Le Corbusier as a thematic thread. The book first highlights the architect’s change of direction and subsequently takes readers through his influence on the young artist. The book’s distinguished contributors explore the relationships that emerged among their artistic theories and practices, including Jorn’s later critique of Le Corbusier. Essays also explore the wider influence of Le Corbusier on Scandinavian architecture and urbanization and consider Le Corbusier alongside the Danish architect Jørn Oberg Utzon and the Aarhus Brutalism movement.

Although countless books have been written about Le Corbusier, this is the first to bring together the radical modernist architect with the situationist artist Asger Jorn.

210 pages | 164 color plates, 76 halftones | 9 x 11 | © 2015

Architecture: European Architecture

Art: European Art


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Table of Contents

Foreword
Jacob Thage
Torben Nielsen

Introduction
Ruth Baumeister

Le Corbusier—the Artist—Architect in Postwar Europe 

Brutalism’s Ghosts—Le Corbusier, Art, and War
Stanislaus von Moos

Touch My Axis—Vers une architecture before, L’espace indicible after
Daniel Naegele

Unité d’habitation in Marseille—Experimental Artistic Device
Anna Rosselini

From Earth to Sky, From Darkness to Light—Le Corbusier and the Promenade architecture
Juan Calatrava 

Photo Essay
Le Corbusier [lllll] Asger Jorn [Relief]
Heinz Emigholz 

Le Corbusier and Asger Jorn—David against Goliath
Polar Attractions—Color, Painting, Architecture 
Joan Ockman

Dionysus in Democracy—Jorn Contra Le Corbuser
Nicola Pezolet

The Architecture, The Artist, Two Tents and a Whole lot of Murals
Karen Friis

From Imaginary Exhibitions to Urban Book Spaces—Asger Jorn and Le Corbusier as Architects of the Book
Klaus Müller—Wille

Photo Essay 
Au Revoir
Claus Peder Pedersen 

Le Corbusier Revisited—Traces in Danish Architecture and Urbanism 
Le Corbusier—Recognized and Criticized in Denmark 
Leif Leer Sørensen

Parallel Tracks
Poul Bæk Pederson

Brutalism in Aarhus and Le Corbusier
Kjeld Vindum

Exhibition
Selected Works

Reprints
Everclean—A Highly Rational Person
Asger Jorn and Robert Dahlman Olsen

Homes for People or Concrete Castles in the Air
Asger Jorn

Movements
Destinations of Le Corbusier’s and Asger Jorn’s Travels
Rikke Hougaard Szalay

Appendix
Authors’ Biographies
Photo Credits
Imprint

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