Peder Lund is delighted to present an exhibition of photographs by the late French sculptor and photographer Constantin Brâncusi (1876-1957). On display for the first time in Norway are 23 works executed between 1913 and 1938, all which have come directly from the Estate of the artist and his family, or through private collections where the works were bought directly from the artist during his lifetime. The exhibition opens January 18, 2014 and will be on display until March 22, 2014.
Constantin Brâncusi was a Romanian-born sculptor, who pioneered the extreme simplification of forms. He was born in Hobitza, a village in Romania, and studied at Craiova School of Arts and Crafts, which is where he learned how to carve stone and wood. He had already made a violin and rapidly gained a reputation for his ability to work with wood. Soon after, he began making wooden furniture before going on to study sculpture at the National School of Fine Arts in Bucharest between 1898 and 1902. He set out for Paris on foot in 1903, and continued his studies at the École des Beaux-Arts in 1905-07.
Brâncusi began to photograph systematically at the end of World War I. From 1905 until the mid-1920s, the artist gradually incorporated photography into a very organic, changeable working process, where it occupied a shift- ing, but highly creative, position. To Brâncusi, photography was thus an integral part of his artistic practise from an early stage on and one, which became his total artistic expression from the middle and towards the end of his life.