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The RIBA has pulled off a major coup by landing the first Le Corbusier exhibition to hit the UK for almost 20 years.

The AJ can exclusively reveal that the show will make its British debut in 2008 in the Edwin Lutyens Crypt under Liverpool's Catholic Cathedral before it heads to London.

It is understood that the brains behind the scoop is Graeme Russell - the institute's former head of programmes, who has been acting as a consultant in the North West since his surprise resignation from the RIBA in December.

The former CUBE man has not been shy about his plans to find a 'significant' and interesting exhibition space outside the capital to house an international, big-name show.

And now Russell seems to have hit upon both the ideal venue and the perfect crowd-pulling exhibition for Liverpool's capital of culture celebrations in 2008.

The show in question, 'The World of Le Corbusier', is being prepared by architectural historians Stanislaus von Moos and Arthur Rüegg at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany. The pair are in collaboration with the Netherlands Architecture Institute.

According to a Design Museum spokesman, the exhibition will focus not just on Le Corbusier as an architect but also as 'a designer of comprehensive ideas'.

Split into three parts, the first section will give an overview of his work in the five cities which best 'represent the most important points of his cultural orientation.'

The second part is entitled Private and Public, and will feature a number of partreconstructed interior settings.

A fi nal section, called Built Art, deals with the Swiss master's most important public buildings.

The last extensive Le Corbusier exhibition to hit these shores was in 1987 at the Hayward Gallery and was hailed as a 'must for every architect' (AJ 11.03.87).

Hopefully the show in the crypt, the only part of Lutyens' ambitious cathedral project to be completed before it ran out of funds, will be just as impressive.

The exhibition will begin its world tour in Rotterdam and travels to Berlin before it opens in Liverpool on 1 October 2008.

It will then run in Liverpool for five months.

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