Le Corbusier

Born: 1887 (La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland)
Died: 1965 (Cap Martin, France)

Pierre Jeanneret

Born: 1896 (Geneva, Switzerland)
Died: 1967 (Geneva, Switzerland)



In 1950, Nehru Gandhi, India's then Prime Minister, offered Le Corbusier and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret a once-in-a-lifetime chance to create an entire city from scratch: Chandigarh, the administrative capital of the Punjab. Curated by Paris's Galerie Patrick Seguin and the Sonnabend Gallery in New York, this exhibition brings to light the oft-neglected byproducts of the duo's architectural commissions—the furniture designed to inhabit each one of their remarkable structures. India Mahdavi's strikingly simple mise-en-scène artfully reconstructs the spatial rigor of the furniture's original setting. From an impressive High Court teak table to a simple teak class chair for the city's university, the rare surviving offerings run the gamut from the imposing to the ordinary. This revelatory show succeeds in underlining not only the duo's exceptional talent but also the unexpected scope of their artistic vision. Placing their stamp on even the most rudimentary objects, they left nothing to chance.