Brancusi: The White Work
February 19–May 22, 2005
Opening at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Brancusi: The White Work will be the first exhibition in Italy devoted to Brancusi. On this historic occasion, a large number of previously unexhibited vintage photographs and a trio of delicate plaster sculptures from Atelier Brancusi, Paris, will be shown alongside Maiastra and Bird in Space, the two bronze works acquired by Peggy Guggenheim in Paris in 1940.
Co-curated by Paola Mola and Marielle Tabart and organized in collaboration with the Centre Georges Pompidou, the exhibition will provide a unique opportunity to examine Brancusi's photographic work in great depth, not simply as a documentary tool to record the feel and look of his studio and to promote his sculptural work, but also as a means of artistic expression in its own right. The presentation will be complemented by a selection of films written and directed by close friends and contemporaries of the artist, including René Clair, Fernand Léger, and Man Ray.
Constantin Brancusi, Plaster "Sleeping Muse" in the Studio, ca. 1910 (photo: Georges Maguerditchian). Gelatin-silver print. Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. © 2005 Artists Rights Scoiety (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris