LE CORBUSIER: The Final Testament of Père Corbu

175,00 kr.

“Nothing is transmissible but thought. Over the years a man gradually
acquires, through his struggles, his work, his inner combat, a certain
capital, his own individual and personal conquest. But all the
passionate quests of the individual, all that capital, that experience
so dearly paid for will disappear. The law of life: death. Nature
shuts off all activity by death. Thought alone, the fruit of labor is
transmissible. Days pass, in the stream of days, in the course of a
life….
Everything is harmony relationships, presences, and also thundering
synthesis, an unleashing, a trigger, a flash of lightning for the
sight, intervention, catalysis. Raison d’être: that which is
impassably permanent in the midst of, beyond, above, below certain
events, certain elements throughout everything”

The first English translation of Mise au point, the first illustrated critical bilingual edition, and the first attempt to integrate this document into Le Corbusier’s life as a whole, especially its final embittered years

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Edited and translated by Ivan Zaknic: The Final Testament of Père Corbu. A Translation and Interpretation of Mise au point by Ivan Zaknic.

Yale University Press, 1997. Square 8vo in publishers hardcover, with jacket. 180 pages, richly illustrated. Dustjacket spine is sunned else a clean and very well preserved fine copy

First edition

“Le Corbusier, the most influential architect of the twentieth century, died in 1965 only weeks after completing Mise au point, his last opus in the form of antobiographical reflections. Published posthumously, Mise au point is a curious and cryptic text, yet it sheds an important light on the great artist’s mind and temperament. This book is the first English translation of Mise au point, the first illustrated critical bilingual edition, and the first attempt to integrate this document into Le Corbusier’s life as a whole, especially its final embittered years. In an insightful introduction and in annotations, Ivan Zaknic shows how the themes of the text echo the contradictions of Le Corbusier’s personality: determined to rebuke society and yet constantly courting its approval; devoted to serving the public and yet returning again and again to a solitary monastic ideal; distrusting professional institutions, the academy, and the government and yet stung by their willingness to pass him by. Zaknic links the themes of this text with Le Corbusier’s passion for certain literary works, especially Don Quixote, and emphasizes the architect’s many philosophical formulas for coming to terms with death—first that of his beloved wife and then his own. Illustrated with photos and drawings, many of which appear here for the first time, and also including a revealing interview granted by Le Corbusier in the final months of his life, the volume will be welcomed by all students of Le Corbusier’s art, architecture, and urban planning, as well as by those interested in modernism and twentieth-century culture.”

LE CORBUSIER: The Final Testament of Père Corbu

175,00 kr.

In stock