Brâncuși in Romania

© Museul National de Arta Timisoara

The exhibition Brâncuși: Romanian Sources and Universal Perspectives will reveal what is genuinely singular about an artist who managed to generate pure forms, somehow freed from any influences.

The first such exhibition in this part of Europe in the last 50 years, the exhibition, from September 30th, 2023 – January 28th, 2024, will showcase emblematic works from Brâncuși’s youth and mature period and reconfirm him as an essential artist and an iconic figure for Romanian culture. Benefiting from works on loan from the Centre Pompidou, Tate Gallery, the Romanian National Museum of Art, and other museums and private collections, this exhibition offers an unprecedented array of sculptures, drawings, and photographs, as well as footage filmed by the artist.

Constantin Brancusi, The Kiss, 1907, Museum of Art, Craiova

Constantin Brâncuși was and remains an artist who transcended all geographical, historical, and strictly formal boundaries, which ensured him a special place in art history beyond any artistic currents. On the other hand, Constantin Brâncuși was one of the great artists of the Parisian avant-garde of the first half of the 20th century and an indisputable landmark of modern sculpture. The last Romanian exhibition dedicated to the great sculptor was organized over 50 years ago, in 1970.

Constantin Brancusi – Maiastra, 1911, © Tate Images

Hosted at the National Museum of Art in Timișoara, the exhibition will touch many hearts and minds in Romania and represents a symbolic homecoming for Brâncuși, an exhibition that will explore both the Romanian inspiration with which Brâncusi comes to Paris and the metamorphosis that causes him to become the universal artist that everyone appreciates.


Curated by Doina Lemny, one of the most respected experts in Constantin Brâncuși’s art, this event-exhibition will bring together for the first time in Romania emblematic sculptures from the artist’s mature period, borrowed from significant museums of the world, such as Pompidou, from Paris, or Tate, from London, but also from his youthful years, from Romanian museums and private collections. Over 100 artworks will enter a fascinating dialogue with an unprecedented selection of photographs and fragments filmed by the artist.

Constantin Brancusi – La Muse endormie, 1910. © Succession Brancusi – All rights reserved Adagp. Localisation: Paris, Centre Pompidou – Musée national d’art moderne – Centre de création industrielle. Photo © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-GP – Philippe Migeat

Being co-organized by the Timișoara National Museum of Art, the Art Encounters Foundation, and the French Institute, and being financed by the Timiș County Council, the exhibition is also a good example of good practices and complex collaboration between Romanian and international institutions, both public and private. For Romanian and international guests, as Timișoara is the 2023 European Capital of Culture, this exhibition represents a unique opportunity to discover and admire the works of the artist who managed to wield the cultural heritage of his country in the most subtle of ways, imbuing it with universal values.

Piața Unirii 1, Timișoara 300085, Romania
Opening hours:
The exhibition Brâncuşi: Romanian sources and Universal Perspectives will be open from Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00 to 20:00

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