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December 5, 2022

“Brancusi. Black and white shapes” photo exhibition, 140 years since the birth of the great sculptor

The “Brancusi. Black and white shapes” photography exhibition is open from February 18 to May 29 at the Romanian National Art Museum, organizers inform.

The exhibition is part of the “140 years since the birth of great sculptor Constantin Brancusi” national programme, a programme initiated by the Culture Ministry, and proposes a selection of 40 modern prints based on the photographs that Brancusi took in Paris: aspects from his workshop and sculptures in various stages of work.

Apart from the photographs, the exhibition also contains two interactive modules from the “Pasara ascunsa-n piatra” workshop, located in the museum’s Stirbei wing. Specialists from the Paris-based Georges Pompidou Centre conceived the workshop in order to familiarize children with Brancusi’s works. The two modules brought to the exhibition now offer to a wider public the chance to discover the sculptor’s universe through games.

Both the photographs and the interactive modules were donated to the Museum by the National Modern Art Museum – Georges Pompidou Centre in 2006 and 2007.

“The first photographs of Brancusi works were taken by anonymous photographers in the early 20th Century. Soon afterwards however, the artist started to use the photo camera himself, and starting in 1921 took photography lessons from Man Ray, who was already famous in the vanguard photography domain. For Brancusi, who was particularly preoccupied with exploiting the effects of light in sculpture, the switch to photograph was as natural as possible,” the communiqué reads.
Admission is free on February 19, the organizers inform.

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