Guggenheim Museum to display eight sculptures by Brancusi for one year

Eight works by renowned Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi will go on display at the Guggenheim New York Museum for one year, March 17, 2017 — January 3, 2018, with the local branch of the Romanian Culture Institute (ICR), ICR New York, supporting the exhibition.

According to ICR NY press release, the Guggenheim New York will include another eight new wood and stone artworks in the permanent Brancusi exhibition already hosted by the museum designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

The new installation will display eight of Brancusi’s wood and stone masterpieces: The Sorceress / La sorcičre (1916-24); King of Kings / Le roi des rois (ca. 1938); Muse / La muse (1912); Adam and Eve / Adam et Eve (1921); The Miracle (Seal [I]) / Le Miracle (1930-32); Flying Turtle (1940-45); Watchdog / Chien de garde (1916), and Oak base (1920).

The exhibition also includes a collection of photos featuring Brancusi’s studio in Paris and works in situ, taken by Man Ray, Edward Steichen, Wayne F. Miller, and the artist himself.

In the early decades of the 20th century, Brancusi produced a ground-breaking body of works that changed the course of modern sculpture. During this period, Brancusi lived and worked in Paris, then a thriving art center where many modernist tenets were being developed and debated. He became an integral part of these conversations both through his relationships with other artists, such as Marcel Duchamp, Fernand Leger, Amedeo Modigliani, and Henri Rousseau, and through his own pioneering work. His aspiration to express the essence of his subjects through simplified forms and his predilection for non-Western European artistic traditions got him to new stylistic approaches. In addition, his way of showcasing his works, which equally emphasized sculpture and base and in which works were displayed in direct connection to one another, instead of as independent entities, introduced new ways of thinking about the nature of the art object,” the ICR press release reads.

According to ICR NY, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum started collecting Brancusi’s work in-depth in the mid-1950s under the leadership of its second director, James Johnson Sweeney.

The Guggenheim’s commitment to Brancusi during these years extended beyond its collecting priorities, and the museum held the first major exhibition of the artist’s work in 1955 “.

The Brancusi exhibition is part of the ICR New York events in 2017 to mark Brancusi’ 141st birth and 60th death anniversaries.

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