The Birth of Modern Sculptures at Edward Steichen & Constantin Brancusi Exposition in Luxembourg

By Etienne Verbist - Wednesday, December 12, 2018
The Birth of Modern Sculptures at Edward Steichen & Constantin Brancusi Exposition in Luxembourg

Organized under the patronage of the Romanian Embassy in Luxembourg represented by H.E. Ambassador Mr. Lilian Zamfiroiu, the exhibition is hosted in the brand new Amazon European HQ in Luxembourg-Kirchberg and it present works of art and WW1 photo-documents related to the participation in France and Luxembourg of US captain Edward Steichen, commander of the Photographic Division of the American Expeditionary Forces, as well as documents of his cooperation with Brancusi including Steichen's works as main photographer of the Parisian art studio of Brancusi and of the art of this eminent sculptor.

Image: Bird in Space by Constantin Brancusi  

 

Organized under the patronage of the Romanian Embassy in Luxembourg represented by H.E. Ambassador Mr. Lilian Zamfiroiu, the exhibition is hosted in the brand new Amazon European HQ in Luxembourg-Kirchberg and it  present works of art and WW1 photo-documents related to the participation in France and Luxembourg of  US captain Edward Steichen, commander of the Photographic Division of the American Expeditionary Forces, as well as documents of his cooperation with Brancusi including Steichen's works as main photographer of the Parisian art studio of Brancusi and of the art of this eminent sculptor.

 

Steichen pilot photographer (WWI)

 

This event marks four distinctive celebrations: 100 years of the birth of Modern Romania (1 December 1918), 100 years from the end of WW1, 45 years since the Edward Steichen death and last but not least 90 years from the birth of the modern sculpture: In 1928 Constantin Brancusi initiated a procedure against the US Customs, to have his sculpture "Bird in Space", already purchased by Steichen, recognized to the status of work of art.

 

Bird in Space by Constantin Brancussi  - Picture by Steichen

 

Bird in Space by Constantin Brancusi  

 

The sculpture "Bird in Space" had just been heavily taxed on imports at that time by US Customs as an utilitarian object. It was Steichen who organized the legal procedure, the witnesses, the lawyers and the press, etc. and it is was thanks to Steichen that Brancusi wins the caselaw. And thus Brancusi is declared "the initiator of modern sculpture" by an American judgment then applied throughout the world (26 November 1928, american Justice Waite).

 

Botarro Reve

Remus Botarro, Etienne Verbist

 

The exhibition also features other remarkable works of art created by Rodin, Brancusi, Steichen, Modigliani, Brauner, Petrascu and Botarro, most of them brought exceptionally to Luxembourg from private collections around Europe.

 

Edward Steichen & Constantin Brancusi 

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Etienne Verbist is an authority in the field of crowd sourcing, disruptive business modelling and disruptive art. After a well filled career with companies such as GE, Etienne was an early adopter of crowd sourcing. Etienne is manager Europe and Africa for Crowd Sourcing Week, a board advisor to a broad range of companies on innovation and new technology, curator of the Disruptive Art Museum – the smallest museum in the world – and columnist for ArtDependence Magazine.

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