The “Brâncusi: Romanian sources and universal perspectives” exhibition is the largest Brâncusi exhibition organized in Romania in the last 50 years. The exhibition event, curated by Doina Lemny, brings to the public’s attention an emblematic personality, an indisputable landmark of modern sculpture, and a universal symbol.
Hosted at the Timișoara National Art Museum between September 30, 2023, and January 28, 2024, the exhibition in Timișoara presents various stages of the Brancusi artistic journey marked by over 100 works, including 22 sculptures and an impressive selection of photographs, alongside fragments filmed by Brâncuși himself.
The exhibition combines works from outstanding museum collections such as the Center Pompidou in Paris, the Tate in London, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Art Museum of Romania, the Craiova Art Museum, and private collections.
The “Brâncusi: Romanian sources and universal perspectives” exhibition is accompanied by a Romanian-English bilingual catalog, coordinated by the curator Doina Lemny, which brings together original texts by art historians (Romanian, French and English) about the artist and the exhibited works, together with an updated biography based on recent research. At the same time, the catalog reproduces 190 images of Brâncuși’s sculptures, drawings and photographs, and documentary images.
Tickets can be purchased on the exhibition website “Brâncusi: Romanian sources and universal perspectives,” Brancusi-2023.info.
To benefit from a pleasant visiting experience and for the safety of the exhibited works, tickets can be reserved for predefined time slots, subject to availability. In addition to the tickets that can be reserved online in advance, several tickets for that day will be available every morning, which can be purchased directly from the ticket office of the Timișoara National Art Museum.
The following types of tickets can be purchased:
● The exhibition “Brancusi: Romanian sources and universal perspectives” – 88 RON;
● The “Brâncusi: Romanian sources and universal perspectives” exhibition and all other MNArT exhibitions – 100 RON;
● “Brâncusi: Romanian sources and universal perspectives” exhibition for students (with student card) – 22 RON;
● “Brâncusi: Romanian sources and universal perspectives” exhibition for pensioners (with pension voucher) – 55 RON;
● Free for journalists, mass media (with prior accreditation), preschoolers and students, as well as teachers or accompanying teachers (1 companion per 10 preschoolers/students), employees of public museums in Romania, members of the association of accredited guides from Timișoara, members of AICA, ICOM, ICOMOS, UAPR, persons with disabilities and their companions;
All revenues from ticket sales will go to the National Art Museum in Timișoara to support its infrastructure and projects.
September 30, 2023 – January 28, 2024
Wednesday – Sunday: 10:00 – 20:00
Monday and Tuesday, 24–26 and 31 December 2023 and 1–2 January 2024, closed.
Constantin Brâncuși (1876–1957) was a Romanian sculptor with enormous contributions to the renewal of language and plastic vision in contemporary sculpture. His work is enriched by biographical experiences and curiosity to discover new horizons constantly: he would leave Romania at the age of twenty-eight on a pilgrimage through Europe, driven by the mirage of artistic life in Paris. However, the Romanian heritage remained a constant presence for him, serving as a foundation for further development.
Brâncuși believed in the value of direct sculpture, of fidelity to materials, remaining an archetypal artist for whom even the obsessive polishing of bronzes becomes a voluntary extension of the sculpting process. For Romanian and foreign visitors to Timișoara, the European Capital of Culture in 2023, the exhibition represents a unique chance to discover and admire the works of the artist who managed to exercise the cultural heritage of his country of origin most subtly, imbuing it with values universal.
Doina Lemny is a doctor in art history and a reputed expert in Brâncusi’s work. She published Brâncusi’s archives in L’Atelier Brâncusi, La Collection (Paris, 1997), in La Dation Brâncusi: dessins et archives (Paris, 2003), and the Romanian correspondence and artist’s notes in Brâncusi inedit (Bucharest, Humanitas, 2004).
She co-curated seven thematic exhibitions at Studio Brâncusi Gallery between 1998–2002 and curated exhibitions on Antoine Pevsner, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Henri Matisse, and Theodor Pallady, editing the respective catalogs.
Doina Lemny is the author of numerous volumes —Brâncusi, au-delà de toutes les frontières (2012), Brâncusi, coll. « Monographs » (2012), Correspondance Brâncusi & Duchamp (2017), Brâncusi & Marthe ou l’histoire d’amour entre Tantan et Tonton (2017), Brâncusi, la chose vraie (2022), etc. — and you have also published numerous essays on modern art.
The exhibition “Brâncusi: Romanian sources and universal perspectives” is financed by the Timiș County Council and is organized by the Timișoara National Art Museum, the Art Encounters Foundation, and the French Institute in Romania, being supported by Banca Transilvania as the main sponsor.
Sources: https://brancusi-2023.info/; https://muzeuldeartatm.ro/
Cover photo: Exhibition view | “Brancusi: Romanian sources and universal perspectives”, Timisoara, 2023. Photo credit: Cătălin Georgescu