The modernist spirit of this monumental, figurative work challenged conventional distinctions between art, architecture, and decoration at the time of its conception. Le Corbusier viewed tapestry, which he called “the mural of the modern age,” as a medium in its own right, not simply as a means to transpose the ideas explored in his paintings and prints. He intended for his “Muralnomads” to be easily “detached, rolled, carried under one’s arm, and hung elsewhere” in the manner of tapestries of old. This example was purchased in 1954 by the engineer Shad Woods, a friend and collaborator of Le Corbusier’s, and displayed in his modernist Paris apartment.
Gallery label from October 21, 2019–Spring 2020