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Le Corbusier legacy threatened by 'fascist' revelations

French artist Xavier Veilhanthe's bust sculpture of Le Corbusier features at an exhibition in 2013 at the Cité Radieuse in Marseille, southern FranceRevelations that one of the world’s most famous modern architects, Le Corbusier, was a “fascist” with links to France’s WWII collaborationist Vichy regime have been published just ahead of a major Paris exhibition of his work. The disclosures made in two new books about Le Corbusier confirmed previous, less-categoric assertions and threaten to mar his legacy in a year in which France commemorates the 50th anniversary of his death. Admirers of the architect, who pioneered the construction of utilitarian concrete buildings including a housing project in Marseille called La Cite Radieuse, have expressed shock. Paris’s Pompidou Centre, which is to open a three-month long exhibition dedicated to Le Corbusier on April 29, has come in for allegations of whitewashing his image by omitting references to the controversy.

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