From October 8, 2011, through April 15, 2012, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao presents Brancusi-Serra, the most ambitious exhibition to date dedicated to Constantin Brancuși (1876-1957), the precursor of modern sculpture, and Richard Serra (1938), one of the leading exponents of contemporary sculpture.
Organized by the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in collaboration with Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, Switzerland, the exhibition examines the relationship between these two pioneers, focusing on the development of modern sculpture, spanning over a century.
Brancusi was born in Romania and settled in Paris in 1904. He is known for reducing his sculptures to their essence, thus laying the foundations for abstract sculpture. Half a century later, U. S. artist Serra redefined the effect that sculpture is capable of having on the viewer, creating Minimalist pieces out of steel that compel the observer to engage with the work.
Thirty sculptures by Brancusi and nine pieces by Serra-illustrating the development of both artists’ perceptions on sculpture-are on display together with Serra’s monumental installation The Matter of Time (1994–2005) which is permanently housed in the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao’s Arcelor Mittal Gallery 104.
Viewers will enjoy an experience filled with intense physical and psychological sensations provoked by the striking affinities and bold contrasts between the two artists.
Brancusi–Serra is a dialogue between two artists whose work has forever changed the course of modern sculpture, an exhibition set in the sinuous volumes and titanium curves of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, designed by architect Frank Gehry.