Brancusi-SerraOctober 8, 2011–April 15, 2012
Brancusi-Serra, organized by the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
in cooperation with the Fondation Beyeler, Riehen, Switzerland, features
approximately thirty works by Romanian artist Constantin Brancusi, as well as
nine sculptures and numerous drawings by American artist Richard Serra. Viewed
together, their work illustrates the development of 20th-century sculpture in a
dynamic presentation that interacts with the irregular volumes and singular
gallery spaces of the Frank Gehry–designed building. Organized thematically,
the exhibition presents an open dialogue about artistic and sculptural
possibilities, displayed through the juxtapositions of each artist’s work and
in sequences of galleries devoted solely to Brancusi or Serra.
In 1964 and 1965, Serra had a revelation when he visited the reconstruction of Brancusi’s workshop in Paris, which had just opened to the public. The young artist visited the reconstructed studio daily, making numerous drawings in an effort to capture the atmosphere and essence underlying Brancusi’s works, which played a fundamental role in his development as an artist. Today, Serra is still fascinated by the way Brancusi “drew his volumes”: “I think the implications and strength of Brancusi and his work has been deemphasized by putting the entire focus on the stylized bronzes. This ignores how radical he really was in terms of casting and carving, and the fact that he was able to break away from the formalism of the pedestal.”
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