The Brancusi Effect
An Archival Impulse
Edited by Vanessa Joan Müller and Nicolaus Schafhausen

Text by Alessio delli Castelli, Paola Mola
Design by Kummer & Herrman


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The Brancusi Effect begins with the Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi. Cited as one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century, Brancusi’s considerations of the pedestal launched a reorientation of the relationship between object, viewer, and space, influencing Minimalism and the aesthetic of the installation as a whole.

Modern Art
Brancusi's work, its modular structure and adaptability, can be seen as a point of departure; the autonomy of artworks abates in favor of a reflection on their historical and institutional positioning. Taking this influence into account, the exhibition and publication collect Brancusi’s original photographic documentation. The installation reflects the recent currency of the sculptural within contemporary art while referencing Brancusi's sensibility. Copublished with Kunsthalle Wien on the occasion of the exhibition “The Brancusi Effect,” Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz, June 12–September 21, 2014, and in collaboration with Dan Gunn, Berlin.
152 pages, 57 illustrations
Paperback, 20x26 cm
English, German
Sternberg Press, 1st edition 2021
ISBN 9783956790829