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Constantin Brancusi Sculpture

July 22, 2018 – June 15, 2019

The Museum of Modern Art

Floor Two, Paul J. Sachs Galleries

The Museum of Modern Art charts Constantin Brancusi’s achievements and innovations in sculpture through the focused presentation Constantin Brancusi Sculpture, on view from July 22, 2018, through February 18, 2019. This concentrated survey largely comprises MoMA’s holdings of Brancusi’s work, which demonstrate the artist’s singular approach to materials, among them bronze, stone, and wood. In this exhibition, 11 sculptures by the artist will be shown together for the first time, alongside drawings, photographs, and films—extensions of his sculptural endeavors. Also on view is a selection of archival materials that sheds light on the artist’s working process and his relationships with friends, sitters, and patrons, including this Museum. Constantin Brancusi Sculpture is organized by Paulina Pobocha, Associate Curator, with Mia Matthias, Curatorial Fellow, Department of Painting and Sculpture.

The exhibition is made possible by Monique M. Schoen Warshaw.

Major support is provided by The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, and by Jack Shear with The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art.

Additional support is provided by the Annual Exhibition Fund with major contributions from the Estate of Ralph L. Riehle, Alice and Tom Tisch, Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, Brett and Daniel Sundheim, Karen and Gary Winnick, The Marella and Giovanni Agnelli Fund for Exhibitions, and Oya and Bülent Eczacıbaşı.

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Constantin Brancusi. Young Bird.1928. Bronze, 16 x 8 1/4 x 12″ (40.5 x 21 x 30.4 cm), on a two-part pedestal of limestone 9 1/4″ (23.5 cm) high, and oak 23 3/4″ (60.3 cm) high (carved by the artist), 47 5/8 x 18 1/4 x 5 3/4″ (121 x 46.3 x 14.6 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William A. M. Burden. © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Constantin Brancusi. The Cock.1924. Cherry, 47 5/8 x 18 1/4 x 5 3/4″ (121 x 46.3 x 14.6 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of LeRay W. Berdeau. © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Constantin Brancusi. View of the Artist’s Studio.1918. Gouache and pencil on board, 13 x 16 1/4″ (32.8 x 41.1 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Joan and Lester Avnet Collection. © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Constantin Brancusi. Fish. 1930. Blue-gray marble, 21 x 71 x 5 1/2″ (53.3 x 180.3 x 14 cm), on three-part pedestal of one marble 5 1/8″ (13 cm) high, and two limestone cylinders 13″ (33 cm) high and 11″ (27.9 cm) high x 32 1/8″ (81.5 cm) diameter at widest point. Acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest (by exchange). © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Imaging and Visual Resources Department, MoMA

Constantin Brancusi. Endless Column. version I, 1918. Oak, 6′ 8″ x 9 7/8″ x 9 5/8″ (203.2 x 25.1 x 24.5 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Mary Sisler. © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Thomas Griesel

Constantin Brancusi. Bird in Space. 1928. Bronze, 54 x 8 1/2 x 6 1/2″ (137.2 x 21.6 x 16.5 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Given anonymously. © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris. Photo:  Imaging and Visual Resources Department, MoMA

Constantin Brancusi. Maiastra. 1910-12. White marble, 22″ (55.9 cm) high, on three-part limestone pedestal 70″ (177.8 cm) high, of which the middle section is Double Caryatid, c. 1908. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Katherine S. Dreier Bequest. © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Thomas Griesel

Constantin Brancusi. Mlle Pogany. version I, 1913 (after a marble of 1912). Bronze with black patina 17 1/4 x 8 1/2 x 12 1/2″ (43.8 x 21.5 x 31.7 cm), on limestone base 5 3/4 x 6 1/8 x 7 3/8″ (14.6 x 15.6 x 18.7 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest (by exchange). © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris. Photo:  Imaging and Visual Resources Department, MoMA

Installation view of Constantin Brancusi Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, July 22, 2018–February 18, 2019. © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Denis Doorly

Installation view of Constantin Brancusi Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, July 22, 2018–February 18, 2019. © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Denis Doorly

Installation view of Constantin Brancusi Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, July 22, 2018–February 18, 2019. © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Denis Doorly

Installation view of Constantin Brancusi Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, July 22, 2018–February 18, 2019. © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Denis Doorly

Installation view of Constantin Brancusi Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, July 22, 2018–February 18, 2019. © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Denis Doorly