The Brancusi Effect

The Brancusi Effect

An Archival Impulse

Edited by Vanessa Joan Müller and Nicolaus Schafhausen

Distributed for Sternberg Press




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. 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.

ContributorsAlessio delli Castelli, Paola Mola


$32.00 T ISBN: 9783956790829 152 pp. | 7.75 in x 10.25 in 12 color illus., 45 b&w illus.

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Vanessa Joan Müller

Vanessa Joan Müller is Head of Dramaturgy at the Kunsthalle Wien.

Nicolaus Schafhausen

Nicolaus Schafhausen is a curator at the Documentation Center for the History of National Socialism in Munich.