“Atelier Brancusi” is located on one of the most cultural squares in Paris, at the opposite of the well-known Centre Pompidou (center of modern and contemporary art). Some months ago I finally had the chance to visit this special art space and here’s my review.
Life and work of the artist: Born in Romania in 1876, Constantin Brancusi lived and worked in Paris from 1904 until his death in 1957, and this is where he produced most of his work. In his will, he bequeathed his entire studio to the French state. An exact reconstruction of this was made in 1997 on the piazza opposite the Centre Pompidou to house his collection, consisting of 137 sculptures, 87 bases, 41 drawings, two paintings and over 1 600 glass photographic plates and original prints.
Brancusi’s studios in Paris: From 1916 until his death, Brancusi worked in various studios, at first 8, then 11 Impasse Ronsin in Paris’s 15th arrondissement. He used two and then three studios, knocking down the walls to create the first two rooms in which he exhibited his work. In 1936 and 1941, he added two other areas, which he used for works in progress, and to house his workbench and tools.
Sculptures and space: Brancusi considered the relationship between sculptures and the space around them to be very important. In the 1910s he created new works within the studio which he called “mobile groups”, underlining the connections between the works and the possibilities of each for moving within the group.
In the 1920s Brancusi’s studio turned into his exhibition space. The atelier became his preferred place for the presentation and comprehension of his works and the whole space functioned like a unity.
Towards the end of his life, Brancusi stopped creating sculptures and concentrated on the metamorphosis with the studio space. This relationship became so fundamental for the artist that he didn’t want to exhibit his works anymore and if he would sell a work, he replaced it with a plaster copy in order not do destroy the unity of the group.
Opening hours: 2 – 6 p.m. / Every day except Tuesdays and 1st May.
Adress: Place Georges-Centre Pompidou, 75004 Paris / Métro: Rambuteau (line 11), Hôtel de Ville (lines 1 et 11), Châtelet (lines 1, 4, 7, 11 et 14)
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All photos above by Judith Bradlwarter. ©