An exhibition on the 125th birthday of Le Corbusier
and the 40th anniversary of the death of André Evard
03.03.2012 – 26.08.2012
With the famous architect, designer and visual artist Le Corbusier (1887-1965) and André Evard (1876-1972), an important representative of the Swiss avant-garde, the kunsthalle messmer presented the life and work of two avant-garde artists from Switzerland.
The development of both artistic personalities, whose common beginnings at the School of Applied Arts in La Chaux-de-Fonds lie in the circle of Hodler’s pupil Charles L’Eplattenier (1874-1946), ranges from Art Nouveau to Constructivist Modernism.
With painting, photography and graphics, architecture and design, the exhibition depicted the spectrum of fine and applied arts in the 20th century and presented visitors with an exciting juxtaposition of two artist personalities who were friends of each other and who were jointly honoured in this form for the first time in a museum.
The exhibition was supported by loans from international institutions such as the Fondation Le Corbusier, Paris, the Musée des Beaux Arts de La Chaux-de-Fonds and the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, and supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.