Brâncuşi and Britain
Spring & Summer 2024
This research season encourages scholars and practising artists to reconsider Constantin Brâncuşi (1876-1957) and his impact amongst British artists, writers, and thinkers.
About this season
As the Centre Pompidou prepares for an ambitious new exhibition of work by Constantin Brâncuşi (1876-1957), the Henry Moore Foundation is hosting a series of events aimed at re-examining the artist’s relationship with Britain, as well as his ongoing influence upon contemporary sculpture.
Brâncuşi is one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. He was born in the small village of Hobiţa, studied art in Craiova and Bucharest, before leaving his native Romania for Paris in 1904, where he joined the École des Beaux Arts. He remained in Paris, where his sculptural practice flourished and garnered vast acclaim, until his death in 1957.
This Research Season will encourage emerging and established scholars, and practising artists to reconsider Brâncuşi, his period, and his impact amongst British artists, writers, and thinkers.
We want to pose new questions of how artists working today can respond to and challenge Brâncuşi’s legacy, with the aim of revealing fresh insights into his significance within twenty-first-century popular and academic discourses.
As well as using a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches to his life and work, we will consider his exhibition history in Britain and abroad, the complicated reception of his work in Britain, and wider cross-cultural exchanges between Romania, France, and Britain.
This research season has been conceived and organised in collaboration with Dr Alexandra Parigoris (University of Leeds) and Dr Jonathan Vernon (independent).
Calls for papers
Events in this season
Early career research symposium
Modern Sculpture, Essence, and Difference: Reflections on the Work of Constantin Brâncuşi
Artist in conversation
Hannah Hughes and Lucy Skaer in conversation
Ariane Coulondre and Matthew Gale
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Brâncuşi, Britain and the Idea of Modern Sculpture