Constantin Brancusi und Richard Serra

A Handbook of Possibilities

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Constantin Brancusi und Richard Serra
A Handbook of Possibilities

Ed. Fondation Beyeler, text(s) by Oliver Wick, Friedrich Teja Bach, Marielle Tabart, Raphaël Bouvier, Alfred Pacquement, Sam Keller, Jacqueline Matisse Monnier, Jonathan Wood, Denise Ellenberger, Michelle White, Alexandra Parigoris, Ileana Parvu, graphic design by Heinz Hiltbrunner


2011. 244 pp., 176 ills.


25.80 x 31.00 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-2820-1

Two revivers of sculpture in the twentieth century in an open dialogue

This volume is devoted to the seminal work of Constantin Brancusi (1876–1957) and Richard Serra (*1939 in San Francisco).

Central aspects of Brancusi’s oeuvre will be examined based on a concentrated selection of around thirty-five sculptures. The publication commences with his groundbreaking concept of sculpture, whose investigation of the essence of form is articulated through the reduction of volume. Organized like a retrospective, the book presents exemplary works in marble, bronze, wood, and plaster that were created over a period of almost four decades and deal with specific groups of themes.

The investigation of this fundamental issue of the essence of sculpture and its possibilities continues with an examination of sculptures singled out from some of Richard Serra’s various creative periods. Direct contrasts of works by the two artists reveal shared characteristics as well as exciting differences, and allow us to once more experience the universal power of sculpture. (English edition

ISBN 978-3-7757-2821-8)

Exhibition schedule: Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, May 22–August 21, 2011 | Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao October 8, 2011–April 15, 2012

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Constantin Brancusi (* 1876 in Hobita, Romania, † 1957 in Paris) came to Paris in 1904, where he studied until 1907 at the École des Beaux-Arts. More »

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Richard Serra (* 1939 in San Francisco) studied fine arts at Yale University in New Haven. More »

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