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© Christian Barani

An entire city in one museum space

A city begins with ideas and plans but needs residents to really come to life. How do people make a city their own? Do the architect's grand ideas remain intact when everyday life takes over?

Chandigarh, the capital of Punjab, is the only city project by Le Corbusier that was ever executed. Thanks to the documentary by Christian Barani, during the exhibition, you will feel as if you are strolling through the streets of Chandigarh. Eight large screens show you how the current residents live in the carefully planned city, long after the architect is gone.

Although it's virtually impossible to document an entire city, this film brings a piece of India to Antwerp. It takes you through the streets and buildings of Chandigarh and surrounds you with the sounds of the city. You will quickly realise that you can't see everything, just like in a real city.

The documentary was commissioned by the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine in Paris for the exhibition ‘Chandigarh, 50 ans après Le Corbusier’. Le devenir indien d’une ville moderne’ (11/11/2015 – 29/2/2016). The film is being shown for the first time since in the MAS.

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