French ministry defends Le Corbusier museum project

April 8, 2019

The French Ministry of Culture has defended its support for a museum dedicated to the Swiss-French architect despite his links to the Vichy regime.

A Le Corbusier museum project has triggered controversy in France. Last week a group of intellectuals protested against this tributeexternal link to the famous architect. In an article in the Le Monde paper, nine signatories accused the Ministry of complicity in the rehabilitation of a man who was complicit of fascism and antisemitism.

On Monday, the French Ministry of Culture defended the "exceptional nature" of Le Corbusier's work. It refused to comment on the accusations levelled against the architect preferring to leave it to historians to handle "the legitimate debate" on his complicity with the Vichy regime.