The Art of Brâncuși Exhibited in New York

The Guggenheim Museum hosts an exhibition of the Romanian modernist sculptor

August 29th, 2017
Ioana Bolboacă, CD News

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York started a presentation of some of the Romanian artist’s masterpieces this year, on the 17th of March. We are now in the middle of the period dedicated to this presentation, which will run until the 3rd of January to display the modern craftsmanship of Constantin Brâncuși.

The prestigious American museum designed by the well-known architect Frank Lloyd Wright is showcasing its rich holdings of the Romanian artist. The works have been kept in the museum’s warehouse inaccessible to the public and now they are finally presented in an exhibition of the permanent collection to everybody eager to visit.

The exhibition presents eight of Brâncuși’s revolutionary sculptures, made of wood and marble: “The Sorceress”, “King of Kings”, “Muse”, “Adam and Eve”, “The Miracle”, “Flying turtle”, “Watchdog”, and “Oak base”. Moreover, the visitors can discover more about the Romanian artist through a number of photographs accompanying his sculptures, presenting Brâncuși’s studio in Paris and works in situ, taken by Man Ray, Edward Steichen, Wayne F. Miller, and the artist himself.

While contemplating the works presented in the exhibition, visitors can perceive how “Brâncuși produced an innovative body of work that altered the trajectory of modern sculpture”. His work dates from the early decades of the twentieth century, while he was living in Paris, the thriving artistic place of those times. His craftsmanship introduced a new approach and new ways of thinking about the nature of the art object.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum started collecting the artist’s work in the mid-1950s, under the leadership of James Johnson Sweeney. Then in less than five years later it hosted its first major exhibition of the sculptor’s work. Brâncuși’s vision prevails in all his pieces of art, expressing the essence of his subjects through simplified forms, while being engaged with non-Western European artistic traditions. His views and his art led to new stylistic approaches, surpassing the limits of tradition and inspiring a different way of creating art.


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