Siegrun Appelt: Le Corbusier Ronchamp
Siegrun Appelt, Otto Kapfinger, Claudia Kromrei
Scheidegger & Spiess, 2022
An entirely new artistic approach to Le Corbusier’s iconic chapel of Notre-Dame-du-Haut in Ronchamp.
Le Corbusier‘s chapel Notre-Dame-du-Haut in Ronchamp is arguably the most famous modern religious building and a UNESCO world heritage site. It has been photographed by millions of people, including some of the most distinguished architectural photographers. In this book, Austrian artist Siegrun Appelt takes an entirely new approach to looking at the iconic structure, distinct from all her famous predecessors. Appelt focuses with an utter concentration on details, creating compositions of the highest sensitivity and precision. Her images highlight the place’s spatial structure and lines, Le Corbusier’s ingenious direction of light, as well as surfaces and passages. The images can be read as hints to these details and at the same time invite a conclusion from detail to the whole.
Published alongside the images is a dialogue between Claudia Kromrei and Otto Kapfinger, in which they investigate the potential of photography to show Le Corbusier’s means of expression and discuss the visualization and perception of material and immaterial elements of this icon of twentieth-century architecture.