Lot 3
Post-War & Contemporary Art and Design - 31 oktober 2018
After Le Corbusier and Iannis Xenakis

Scale model Philips Pavilion

plaster, wire, wood and paint, 11,5x27,5x22,5 cm Executed circa 1956/57, probably by Bakema Architects, Rotterdam.


  • Le Corbusier, ‘Le poème électronique Le Corbusier / The electronic poem by Le Corbusier’, Les Editions de Minuit, (Les Cahiers Forces Vives aux Editions de Minuit), Paris 1958.
  • Y. Xenakis, C.G.J. Vreedenburgh, A.L. Bouma, F. K. Ligtenberg, H. C Duyster, L. C. Kalff, W. Tak, S. L. de Bruin in: Philips Technical Review, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 1–36 and no. 2/3, pp. 37–49, Philips, Eindhoven 1958/59.
  • ‘The Philips Pavilion at the 1958 Brussels World Fair’, a reprint of ‘Philips Technical Review’ (ca. 1959).
  • ‘Le Corbusier Le Grand’, Phaidon Editors, London 2008, pp. 626–641.
  • Kees Tazelaar, ‘On the Threshold of Beauty. Philips and the Origins of Electronic Music in the Netherlands 1925–1965’, V2_Publishing, Rotterdam 2013.
  • Peter Wever, ‘Inside Le Corbusier’s Philips Pavilion, A Multimedial Space at the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair’, nai010, Rotterdam 2015.
  • Jan de Heer & Kees Tazelaar, ‘Van harmonie naar chaos. Le Corbusier, Varèse, Xenakis en Le poème électronique’/ ‘From Harmony to Chaos: Le Corbusier, Varèse, Xenakis and Le poème électronique’, 1001 Publishers, Amsterdam 2017.

The Philips Pavilion was a World's Fair pavilion designed for Expo '58 in Brussels by the office of Le Corbusier. Commissioned by Philips, an electronics company based in the Netherlands, the pavilion was designed to house a multimedia spectacle that celebrated post-war technological progress. Because Corbusier was busy with the planning of Chandigarh, much of the project management was assigned to Iannis Xenakis, who was also an experimental composer.

Le Corbusier's vision was a Poème électronique (electronic poem), saying he wanted to present a 'poem in a bottle'. He asked Edgard Varèse to write an electronic score for the installation, which went on to become one of the seminal works in the genre. Iannis Xenakis also composed a piece for the installation, which was played as an interlude when the audience entered and exited the pavilion.

Jaap Bakema together with other Dutch architects was responsible for the design of the Dutch Pavilion. In order to get a better impression of how the Dutch Pavilion would compare to the neighbouring Philips Pavilion, Le Corbusier was asked to provide a scale model of his pavilion. Le Corbusier was at this time in India; it was therefore proposed that a drawing in possession of Philips be sent to Bakema. This drawing was however not the latest version of the Philips Pavilion design. Correspondence in late 1956 between Philips and Le Corbusier’s office suggests strongly that the scale model 1:100 offered in this lot is the one that was created by Bakema’s office based on the drawing.

€ 1.000,00
€ 1.500,00
€ 3.600,00

Hamerprijs: € 3.600