Fondation Beyeler Devotes Summer Exhibition to Constantin Brancusi and Richard Serra

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RIEHEN, SWITZERLAND.- The Fondation Beyeler is devoting its large summer exhibition to the art of Constantin Brancusi (1876-1957) and Richard Serra (b. 1939), two of the most important sculptors of the twentieth century. Brancusi, born in Romania and a resident of Paris from 1904 onwards, reduced forms to the essentials and thus set the cornerstone for abstract sculpture. The American artist Serra redefined the effects of sculpture by means of minimalistic steel pieces which draw the viewer directly into the work. The phenomenon and presence of sculptural form in space are his prime theme. Taken together, the oeuvres of these two pioneers of European and American sculpture cover the period of over one hundred years in which modern sculpture developed. The exhibition is on view from May 22 to August 21, 2011. The essential aspects of Brancusi’s work are illuminated by about 40 exemplary pieces, arranged in the exh