Le Corbusier (1887–1965) has been often dubbed “the pope of modernism”, with both admiration and scorn. He is regarded as the most influential architect of the 20th century – or perhaps even of all time – nevertheless, our knowledge of his work and life is scarce and to a great extent indirect. We know that he was great but we don’t know exactly why. The last exhibition of Le Corbusier in Poland toured several towns in 1966, and his most recent critical monography was published in 1982. None of the 20 books that Le Corbusier wrote or co-edited have been published in Poland in their entirety, except for the samizdat edition of the “Athens Charter”, which is hardly accessible today.