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  • “Fernand Léger: Painting in Space”

    Museum Ludwig, Cologne
    Heinrich-Böll-Platz
    April 9 - July 3

    Curated by Katia Baudin

    A renegade Cubist in 1920s Paris, Fernand Léger arrived early at the notion of a rapprochement between painting and architecture. In 1933, he traveled to Greece as a delegate to the Congrès Internationaux d’Architecture Moderne; in 1936, he collaborated on a theoretical “Suspended House” with American architect Paul Nelson; and during the ’50s, he joined with Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand to advocate a “synthesis of the arts,” seeking to integrate modernism with mass media. These histories will be the subject of “Painting in Space,” a survey organized by the Museum Ludwig on the occasion of its fiftieth anniversary, which will chart Léger’s many collaborations with architects from the early ’20s until his death in 1955. Anchored by the jubilant mural Les plongeurs (The Divers), 1942, and showcasing architectural plans, textiles, and archival material, this exhibition promises to illuminate a critical yet underappreciated dimension of Léger’s modernism.