Paris, France


The very first post of Paris is about Atelier Brancusi. Well, I have to be honest with you, Atelier Brancusi is the first thing I wanted to visit in Paris. This is a tiny but cozy museum right next to the Pompidou Center. It has a good collection of Brancusi's works, including his workshops and tools. I was so impressed and touched with this place. Constantin Brancusi was the most important Romanian sculptor of the twentieth century, and by seeing this work in Paris, seeing that there's a lot of people truly appreciate his work was emotional. 

Brancusi is called the patriarch of modern sculpture. His visionary sculptures always exemplify ideal and archetypal representations of their subject matter. Brancusi also worked directly in a lot of media and often pushed the materials to really a new expressions. 

And I was so thrilled because (finally!) got a chance to see one of my favorite piece - Constantin Brancusi's "Bird in Space" from 1928. It's not just bronze, it's been highly polished, so it looks like gold. This is not a sculpture that is in any way a literal depiction of a bird, it's a depiction of this gentle organic arching of this soaring figure. It's not a bird in so much as a representation of the thing that birds to that we love. As one moves around it and looks at it, the light that reflects on it shifts and changes and flickers, so it does have a sense of something almost kinetic. It's really about light and movement. 

Address: Place Georges Pompidou, 75004 Paris, France
Hours: 2-6PM
Phone: +33 1 44 78 12 33

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