the Center Pompidou immerses us in the heart of creation

Bringing together nearly 400 works and archival documents, the new Brancusi retrospective presented at the Center Pompidou in Paris, reveals with force and elegance the sculptor’s quest for the ideal.

The long works planned for 2025 at the Center Pompidou in Paris are therefore a good thing. This is what the public is entitled to say in view of the very beautiful Brancusi retrospective which opened on the 6th floor of Beaubourg on March 27. Even if it benefits from numerous loans from abroad, it relies on the donation made by the Romanian sculptor in 1957, the year of his death. He then bequeathed his plasters, sculptures, drawings and countless photographs to the French State, on the condition that it reconstituted his studio at 8 Impasse Ronsin (which the artist occupied from 1916 to 1957) identically. by Renzo Piano and currently emptied for work.

In search of the ideal line

For Constantin Brancusi, the workshop is a place of creation and life, of staging and contemplation of his work. It is a work of art in itself, evolving, a place of memory of all its creation. When he separated from a work, he replaced it with a cast, to preserve its trace. “ The exhibition unfolds around a vast oval space intended to take the visitor into the brain of the artist, with in the center, a partial reconstruction of his studio », Explains Ariane Coulondre, curator at the National Museum of Modern Art and co-curator of the exhibition. There, the visitor enters a delicious mess of tools and works of art which plunges him into the heart of creation.

View of the “Brancusi” exhibition at the Center Pompidou in Paris © Center Pompidou / Audrey Laurans, 2024

Throughout the route, all curves and counter-curves, the sculptures are distributed in coherent groups which allow us to understand how Brancusi worked for several decades on the same work, as the Torso young men (1919-1924), the Sleeping Muse (1910), the Rooster (1922 to 1935) or The Bird in Space (1923-1941), in search of the ideal line.

“Brancusi. The art has only just begun »
Center Pompidou, Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris
From March 27 to July 1, 2024

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