Further evidence of Le Corbusier’s support of fascism and anti-Semitic beliefs have been revealed in two books published in advance of a major exhibition of the architect’s work
In Un Corbusier, author Francois Chaslin, claims to have discovered anti-Semite sketches that can be attributed to the architect, most famous for his Modernist designs and his manifesto Towards a New Architecture.
The second writer, journalist Xavier de Jarcy claims in his book, Le Corbusier, un facisme francais, that the Swiss-born architect was an ‘out-and out fascist.’
De Jarcy says the architect moved in fascist circles during the 1920s and had written articles in support of Nazi Fascism in ‘Plans’ and ‘Prelude’, the journals he helped run.
Born in Switzerland in 1887 as Charles-Edouard Jeanneret-Gris, the architect moved to Paris at 20.
In 1920, he adopted the nickname Le Corbusier from an ancestor and became a French citizen a decade later.
An exhibition of his work is due to open at the Pompidou Centre, in Paris, at the end of this month (29 April - 3 August).
Le Corbusier’s alleged links with fascism have been highlighted before, most notably by Marc Perelmen, another French journalist.