Renault unveils tribute concept car for designer Le Corbusier

Article by Christian A., on October 22, 2015

Groupe Renault’s Design teams typically work on various ideas that are not meant to renew models in its range but instead, they create something new just for the sake of it. The creation of the Coupé Corbusier concept car began about two years ago when the design team wanted to learn more about “French cultural objects.”

Their research brought them back to the 1930s which is considered by many as the golden age of automobiles. One thing they learned was that while Le Corbusier was a clear cause for reflection, it was in fact, concept-wise, a prelude to many of the modern cars.

The team saw inspiration in Le Corbusier’s simplicity, mastery of light, geometric elegance, the aesthetically-pleasing structure, and visual appeal. The Design teams knew that they had to honor this visionary designer and architect who made it possible not only to reinvent architecture but to make it more accessible to the public at large.

His value structure and thoughts are shared by Renault. You would know this if you’re familiar with the company’s distinctive art collection which is composed of more than 300 works.

These include architectural installations, drawings, paintings, and sculptures created by around 30 French and international major artists from 1967 to 1985. The uniqueness of the collection is mainly due to the original approach that has long been adapted by the company.

The goal was not to acquire cars that have already been built. Rather, Renault wanted to collaborate with contemporary artists, particularly those who had an interest in the industrial world. In order for the artists to come up with original works, Renault knew that they had to work in ideal surroundings.

As such, it was Renault who provided everything, from the financial assistance to the technological and logistical aspects as well. The result is that the collection by Renault symbolizes its altruism, boldness, innovation, and vision.

Selected works are typically exhibited on a regular basis in many of the major museums located in countries where Renault has operations. Currently, in the same country where Renault exhibits its collection, it also commissions artists to come up with new works.

There is for example Emirati artist Ebtisam Abdulaziz and Arslan Sükan who is from Turkey. Renault’s collection at present now includes works from Chines artists He An and Wen Fang.

To commemorate the 50th death anniversary of Le Corbusier, the Centre des Monuments Nationaux in France will be holding an exhibit entitled “Des voitures à habiter: automobile et modernisme XXe-XXIe siècles,” which translates to “Cars for living: the automobile and modernism in the 20th and 21st centuries.” The exhibit is open from October 22, 2015 to March 20, 2016, at Villa Savoye in Poissy.

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The Design teams at Groupe Renault regularly work on future-looking topics unrelated to range renewals, helping them to explore new ways forward and offering creative staff more leisurely moments.

Beginning two years ago, the teams decided to investigate the topic of “French cultural objects”. Their research and inspirations soon led them back to the golden age of the automobile in the 1930s. The influence of Le Corbusier asserted itself as the obvious source of reflection, as a conceptual prequel to the modern automobile.

The ideas of simplicity, a visually- and aesthetically-pleasing structure, geometric elegance and mastery of light guided the designers in the creation of the Coupé C concept car.

The Design teams at Groupe Renault are proud to pay homage to the visionary architect and designer who reinvented architecture and made it more broadly accessible to the public. His thought and value structure is one that we share at Renault.

Renault’s commitment to art

Renault’s unique art collection, innovative in its conception and original in its configuration, comprises over 300 works, including paintings, sculptures, drawings and architectural installations produced by some 30 major artists, French and international, between 1967 and 1985.

The collection’s singularity is largely the result of the original approach adapted by Renault. The aim from the start was not to buy finished works ready for sale but to forge a collaborative effort with contemporary artists interested in the industrial world. The company did so by providing them with logistical, technological and financial assistance so that they could create original works in the best possible conditions.

The Renault collection today embodies the Group’s key values of vision, innovation, boldness and altruism. Exhibitions including selected works are organised on a regular basis in the major museums of Renault’s operating countries.

Renault continues to commission works from artists in the countries in which it organizes exhibitions. Emirati artist Ebtisam Abdulaziz, Turkish artist Arslan Sükan and, more recently, Chinese artists Wen Fang and He An have thus joined Renault’s collection.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Le Corbusier, France’s Centre des Monuments Nationaux is organizing the exhibition “Des voitures à habiter: automobile et modernisme XXe-XXIe siècles” (“Cars for living: the automobile and modernism in the 20th and 21st centuries”) at the Villa Savoye in Poissy from October 22, 2015 to March 20, 2016.

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