Focus: Inside the world of Brancusi

Tucked away in Paris, on the corner facing the Centre Pompidou, lies Atelier Brancusi. The building, a compound nearly unnoticeable from the outside, holds a universe full of poetry on the inside. This space, a gem that represents a work of art in itself, holds Constantin Brancusi’s bequest to the world.

The Romanian born sculptor, lived and worked in Paris from 1904 until his death in 1957, this is where he produced most of his work. Brancusi lived and breathed Paris together with iconic representants of the Avant Garde movement like Duchamps, Bourgeois, Picasso, Man Ray and Guggenheim among others. In his will the artist donated the entire contents of his studio to the French state under only one condition, they would have to recreate the studio placing every single object exactly as it was at the moment he died. 

The building, an exact reconstruction by Renzo Piano is filled with more than 200 of his most evocative sculptures such as Bird in Space, A Muse and Infinite Columns. For Brancusi the art was not only in the sculptures but in the space between and around them. Their spatial relationship was integral to the piece. The artist spent the last years of his life grouping and regrouping his past works, focusing solely on their relationship with the studio, in order to achieve the most balanced aesthetics. It is said that this proximity became so fundamental that he no longer wanted to exhibit, and when he sold a sculpture, he would replace it with a plaster copy in order to re-establish the unity in the space.

His art has the power to take us on a journey, his journey, seeking purity of form. Brancusi's work, which feels almost from an outer space, is perfect in its balance. Light and heavy, raw and refined. Direct, pure and connected to the essential.  His legacy is timeless and eternally inspiring.