Monument to Le Corbusier Unveiled in Moscow, Created with Support of Foundation

15 October 2015

October 15, 2015 was the day of the grand ceremony in the centre of Moscow for the inauguration of a monument to the famous French architect Le Corbusier. The event was one of a series of events organised for an International Specialized Exhibition on conservation, restoration, use and promotion of cultural heritage “denkmal, Moscow”.

The monument to Le Corbusier was installed in front of the 39 Myasnitskaya Street building. The building of the former Centrosoyuz was erected by the architect in the early thirties. Now it is the headquarters of the federal state statistics service Rosstat.

The monument depicts the image of the great master, the creator, thoughtfully contemplating his project’s drawing, which he never brought to life. Its creators were sculptor, academic of the Russian Academy of Arts Andrei Tyrtyshnikov as well as architect, member of the Moscow Union of Artists, and laureate of many national and international exhibitions and competitions, Anton Voskresensky.

The project was realised with the support of the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation and the Russian Peace Foundation. Rossotrudnichestvo, and two foundations, La Fondation Le Corbusier and La Fondation de Coubertin (both from France) also took part in the project.

Michel Richard, the director of La Fondation Le Corbusier, said: “La Fondation Le Corbusier is very glad that it was invited to participate in this project. We thank all participants who created the monument. We can say that the work of Le Corbusier remains a vital influence on the development of international cooperation in the 21st century.”

Charles Edouard Jeanneret, better known as Le Corbusier (1887-1965) was one of the most significant architects of the XX century, who made an enormous contribution to the development of modern architecture. Buildings erected by his projects can be seen all over the world — in Switzerland, France, Germany, USA, Argentina, Japan, India, Brazil and Russia. As a pioneer of modernism, he believed that the rational transformation of a city’s structure and housing can improve society. Le Corbusier’s ideas are embodied in three projects designed for Moscow: the former Centrosoyuz building, the Palace of Soviets and the urban development project, known as the “Radiant City”.

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