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Ariane Coulondre and Matthew Gale



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Side by side portrait photos of Ariane Coulondre and Matthew Gale.

Join us online for a discussion between two leading curators of Brâncuşi’s work.

Ariane Coulondre is curator of Centre Pompidou’s exhibition Brâncuşi: Art is Just Beginning (27 March – 1 July 2024). She will be joined by Matthew Gale, curator of Tate Modern’s exhibition, Constantin Brâncuşi: The Essence of Things (2004).

Together they will discuss their experience of curating Brâncuşi’s work, and the challenges and opportunities involved in working the pioneering figure.

This event will be chaired by Dr Jonathan Vernon.


The Brâncuşi and Britain Research Season has been kindly supported by the Romanian Cultural Institute.

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About the speakers

Portrait photo of Ariane Coulondre,a woman with shoulder-length dark hair, who is wearing a red top.

Ariane Coulondre

Ariane Coulondre is Curator in the Department of Modern Collections of the Musée National d’Art Moderne, where she oversees the sculpture collections. She joined the Centre Pompidou in 2011 as head of the Collection Management Department.

In addition to helping conceive the Museum’s collection display and acquisitions program, she curated several exhibitions: Germaine Richier (Centre Pompidou, 2023), Le cubisme (Centre Pompidou, 2018),  Fernand Léger, le Beau est partout (Centre Pompidou Metz, Bozar Bruxelles 2017-2018).

Coulondre is the general curator of the Constantin Brâncuşi retrospective to be held at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, in spring 2024 (27 March – 1st July). At the same time, she is overseeing all current operations at the Atelier Brâncuşi, the move and the complete digitisation of the studio.

Portrait photo of Matthew Gale, a man with grey-white hair, who is wearing a blue shirt.

Matthew Gale

A specialist in twentieth-century art history, Dr Matthew Gale was a curator at Tate from 1995 until 2022. Between 2006 and 2021, he led the curatorial team responsible for displaying the collection at Tate Modern.

Among his exhibitions and publications are: Barbara Hepworth (with Chris Stephens, 1999, rev. 2004); Constantin Brâncuşi: The Essence of Things (with Carmen Giménez, 2004), Dalí & Film (2007), Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape (with Marko Daniel, 2011), Paul Klee: Making Visible (2013), Pierre Bonnard: The Colour of Memory (2019), and, with Stephanie D’Alessandro, Surrealism Beyond Borders (2021).

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