June 10, 2014 - Kunsthalle Wien - The Brancusi Effect
June 10, 2014

The Brancusi Effect

An Te Liu, Obsolete Figure in Space, Aphros, Order of Solids, Gnomon, Chimera (detail), 2013. © An Te Liu. Courtesy Catherine Bastide, Brussels.

The Brancusi Effect
12 June–21 September 2014

Opening: Wednesday, June 11, 7pm

Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz
Treitlstraße 2
1040 Wien
Hours: Friday–Wednesday 10am–7pm, 
Thursday 10am–9pm

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The Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi (1876–1957) is numbered among the 20th century’s most influential artists. With his considerations of the way that pedestal and presented work relate to each other he launched a reorientation of the relationship between object, viewer and space. This had a decisive influence on minimal art and the aesthetic of the installation as a whole.

Moreover, Brancusi’s work is seen as the initial point of a reflection on the artwork’s historical and institutional positioning. The exhibition The Brancusi Effect takes this potential into account as well as the documentary aspect implicit in Brancusi’s artistic approach, which was expressed in countless photographic images of installations taken in his studio. The exhibition presents original photographic material together with selected positions of contemporary art that reference Brancusi, and so creates an imposing spatial installation comprising various sculptures that reflect the recent currency of the sculptural within contemporary art.

Photographs of Brancusi in his studio in the Impasse Rosin in Paris showcase how he used installative arrangements to present his works as a spatially unified work of art. Brancusi also photographed individual works in order to translate the special aura of his sculptures into the medium of photography. The loan from the Kunsthaus Zurich provides a fascinating insight into the thinking and the production methods of this artist, who, between tradition and modernity, created a work of singularity within the European avant-garde.

The contemporary positions in the exhibition are characterised by an enormous heterogeneity, but share an interest in the relationship between work and pedestal, work and space and the modular principle, exemplified in one of Brancusi’s most famous works, Endless Column. The combination of different materials, the coexistence of different volumes and the dissolution of the idea of a supporting pedestal in favour of an integral sculptural component also characterise the selected works by international artists.

The exciting interior and exterior insights arising out of this coexistence of different sculptural positions, in the glass pavilion of Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz, in essence once more serve to emphasize the currency of Brancusi.

Artists: Saâdane Afif, Wilfrid Almendra, Nina Beier, Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Constantin Brancusi, André Cadere, Koenraad Dedobbeleer, Alessio delli Castelli, Thea Djordjadze, Paulien Föllings, Isa Genzken, Konstantin Grcic, Jürgen Mayer H., Sofia Hultén, Haraldur Jónsson, An Te Liu, Josephine Meckseper, Ute Müller, Anca Munteanu Rimnic, Shahryar Nashat, Olaf Nicolai, Odilon Pain, Luiz Roque, Rudi Stanzel

Curators: Nicolaus Schafhausen, Vanessa Joan Müller

A publication with texts by Paola Mola and Alessio delli Castelli is being produced to accompany the exhibition (published by Sternberg Press, in collaboration with Dan Gunn).

#Brancusi / #KunsthalleWien / #WienKultur

Katharina Murschetz 
T +43 (0) 1 5 21 89 1221 / katharina.murschetz [​at​] kunsthallewien.at
Stefanie Obermeir 
T +43 (0) 1 5 21 89 1224 / presse [​at​] kunsthallewien.at


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