Jan Kenneth Birksted


On his book Le Corbusier and the Occult

Cover Interview of February 19, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“You will hate this book if you want to believe in the innocence of genius.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Jeanneret’s work is not heteroclite, as is implied by people who say his work is incomprehensible, but coherently eclectic—serious research can describe the ideological and symbolic structure that runs through it.”

On the second:

“Eclecticism is not what makes Jeanneret’s work inexplicable—it is precisely its basic structural feature. The eclecticism of Jeanneret’s art and architecture is isomorphic to a symbolic system that is also eclectic.”