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Art & the city

The walls of the exhibition hall of Alliance Francaise, Sector 36 — displaying some chessboard designs and a few replicas of the architecture of Chandigarh — really know how to grab your attention. Curator Claude Augsburger, the man from Le Corbusier’s city, brings a collection of 30 artworks to city.

chandigarh Updated: Oct 19, 2012 10:33 IST
Navleen Lakhi

The walls of the exhibition hall of Alliance Francaise, Sector 36 — displaying some chessboard designs and a few replicas of the architecture of Chandigarh — really know how to grab your attention.


The curator of the exhibition, Claude Aubsburger, however, manages an attention shift by saying, “This exhibition is inspired by the chessboard designs of the Swiss city of La Chaux-de-Fonds — the birthplace of Le Corbusier — and Chandigarh. It’s a selection of about 30 works of students in graphism and multimedia design from the School of Applied Arts, La Chaux-de-Fonds, where Le Corbusier studied and taught.”

Claude also bursts some myths by saying, “Le Corbusier never studied architecture. Contrary to what people of Chandigarh believe, he was never a French architect. He was Swiss.”
The same exhibition was put up in La Chaux-de-Fonds from September 27 to October 7 as a part of the celebration of Le Corbusier’s 125th birthday. “The works displayed here have been chosen from 300 different works by students.”

Differentiating between both the exhibitions, he says, “Over there, the gallery was bit more modern, thus the colours popped beautifully. Here, it is a little different.”

Appreciating his city, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Claude says, “It’s a very small city with a population of around 40,000, but, it has given legends such as Le Corbusier.”

Claude also studied at the School of Applied Arts of La Chaux-de-Fonds, and continues to teach there.