Much has been made of the eccentricities of this flâneur, who was always seen in a grey velvet suit, and yet underlying Satie’s music is his serious desire to create something new. You can hear it in his popular piano pieces: the haunting scales and rhythms of the Trois Gnossiennes written under the spell of Romanian folk music, and the meditative world of Gymnopédies, where, as in a cubist painting, motifs are “seen” from all sides. Nick Shave, The Guardian read more
In the 90 years since Constantin Brancusi first conceived Bird in Space, our understanding of what constitutes an artwork, and for that matter, who can occupy the role of artist, has become broader and more inclusive. How do you recognize what is and is not a work of art? Does an artwork’s title help you interpret an artwork? Is a title necessary to give the artwork meaning? (MaryKate Cleary / MoMA) read more
So magical was the air of Paris in the early 20th century that artists flocked from all over Europe to breathe it, and to be transformed by it. But no trek was as incredible as that of Constantin Brancusi, who walked all the way from his village in Romania - a journey, says Jonathan Jones, that helps to explain the sculptor's mix of folklore and cold surfaces of metal and stone, and the dreamy indestructiblilty of his creations. (Jonathan Jones, The Guardian) read more
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sJ3hhtRV1I In 1922 the Romanian-born sculptor Constantin Bracusi made a special dance costume for Lizica Codreanu, played a vinyl recording of Erik Satie’s Gymnopedies and invited the dancer to do a one-off performance in his studio, among sculptures. Using a rack-and-pinion Thornton Pickard camera, Brancusi captured the performance in seven photographs. The National Dance Center in Bucharest has staged, two years ago, an event focusing on the choreographer and dancer Lizica Codreanu. The meeting was part of the National Dance Center’s Hors les Murs (Outside the Walls) program, launched in 2014, through which the Center seeks to go beyond the walls of its own building and approach topics off the beaten track. The event brought together director Cornel Mihalache, researcher Doina Lemny and choreographer Vava Stefanescu, in a talk moderated…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZvYcroWl94 Art critic Alastair Sooke and Christie’s specialist Anika Guntrum look at the first in Brancusi’s series of ovoid sculptures — works which came to define his sublime and inimitable visual poetry — offered in New York on 15 May. read more
In order to have an idea about how well Constantin Brâncuși's work and his connections with Romania are known by artists and people working in the field of culture in Europe (and especially the countries where we perform in this tour: Serbia, Hungary and Austria), we would like to ask you to take part in this short opinion poll: [captainform id="814579"]
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