For Sydney: On Utzon, Le Corbusier and art for the Sydney Opera House

Moulis, Antony (2010). For Sydney: On Utzon, Le Corbusier and art for the Sydney Opera House. In: Michael Chapman and Michael Ostwald, Imagining: The 27th Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference. Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference, University of Newcastle, NSW, (290-295). 30 June - 2 July 2010.

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Author Moulis, Antony
Title of paper For Sydney: On Utzon, Le Corbusier and art for the Sydney Opera House
Conference name Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference
Conference location University of Newcastle, NSW
Conference dates 30 June - 2 July 2010
Proceedings title Imagining: The 27th Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference
Place of Publication Newcastle, NSW, Australia
Publisher Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ)
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
ISBN 9780646536903
Editor Michael Chapman
Michael Ostwald
Volume 27
Start page 290
End page 295
Total pages 6
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Despite the intense and detailed scholarly interest in the design of Jorn Utzon's Sydney Opera House little attention has been paid to his 1958 commissioning of the architect Le Corbusier for tapestries and other artwork for the building's interiors. This paper will examine the circumstances of the commission revealed through an exchange of letters between Utzon and Le Corbusier covering the period 1958 through 1960. It will also reveal for the first time that Le Corbusier did in fact execute preliminary studies for artworks for the Sydney Opera House, including a tapestry, which was 'made to order' and formed part of Utzon's personal collection of the architect's art. The paper documents the shared interests of the two architects and also describes how Le Corbusier's tapestry design intended to embody those interests, re-traming the conceptual proposition of Utzon's Opera House scheme. While the circumstances of the commission provide testament to the extraordinary intellectual hold of Utzon's most famous project for a certain circle of modernist architects, it is also revealing of a different Le Corbusier - one who is prepared to actively engage his own design process with another's architectural imaginings. Focusing on the interest of both architects in the role of art in relation to architecture the paper seeks tore-situate Le Corbusier's art practice in relation to his conceptualising of architectural ideas and processes, providing a unique insight into the architect's technique.
Q-Index Code E1
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Institutional Status UQ
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