Museum Folkwang
Constantin Brancusi, ›Birds in the Sky‹, 1929/30, Watercolour and gouache on paper, 32.4 cm × 66 cm, Collection MNAM – Centre G. Pompidou, Paris
  • Simon Starling
  • Constantin Brancusi, ›Birds in the Sky‹, 1929/30, Watercolour and gouache on paper, 32.4 cm × 66 cm, Collection MNAM – Centre G. Pompidou, Paris, 2007

  • part of ›Three Birds, Seven Stories, Interpolations and Bifurcations‹
  • Marble and platinum/palladium print
  • Acquired in 2008 with support of the Ernst und Elly Henke-Stiftung, Essen
  • Inv. P 306/20
  • CommentaryThis proposal for a fresco for Brancusi’s ›Temple of Deliverance‹, Indore, is one of 16 sketches that exists for the unrealised project. It was first exhibited in November 1933 at an exhibition of Brancusi’s work organised by Marcel Duchamp for the Brummer Gallery, New York. This expansive exhibition included a number of other pieces related to the temple project, an ongoing concern of the artist since 1913, including ›Colonne du Baiser‹ (›Kiss Column‹) (1916 - 17) and a single marble Bird in Space (1929 - 30). A record of the exhibition exists in the form of 5 installation photographs by the Japanese artist Soichi Sunami with annotations by Duchamp on the reverse.
  • Provenance2008, Galleria Franco Noero, Turin
  • Obj_Id: 31,217
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  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
  • Obj_SpareNField01_N (Verantw): 188
  • Obj_Creditline_S: Musuem Folkwang, Essen, Skulpturensammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: Constantin Brancusi, ›Birds in the Sky‹, 1929/30, Watercolour and gouache on paper, 32.4 cm × 66 cm, Collection MNAM – Centre G. Pompidou, Paris
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  • Obj_PartDescription_S (Titelerg): part of ›Three Birds, Seven Stories, Interpolations and Bifurcations‹
  • Obj_SpareMField01_M (Alle Titel): Constantin Brancusi, ›Birds in the Sky‹, 1929/30, Watercolour and gouache on paper, 32.4 cm × 66 cm, Collection MNAM – Centre G. Pompidou, Paris part of ›Three Birds, Seven Stories, Interpolations and Bifurcations‹ Constantin Brancusi, ›Birds in the Sky‹, 1929/30, Watercolour and gouache on paper, 32.4 cm × 66 cm, Collection MNAM – Centre G. Pompidou, Paris Constantin Brancusi, ›Vögel im Himmel‹, 1929/30, Aquarell und Gouache auf Papier, 32.4 cm × 66 cm, Collection MNAM Centre G. Pompidou, Paris aus der Installation: Three Birds, Seven Stories, Interpolations and Bifurcations
  • Obj_Dating_S: 2007
  • Jahr von: 2,007
  • Jahr bis: 2,007
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: P 306/20
  • Obj_IdentNrSort_S: P 306/20
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  • Obj_Material_S: Marble and platinum/palladium print
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  • Obj_SpareSField01_S (Mat./Tech.): Marble and platinum/palladium print
  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Acquired in 2008 with support of the Ernst und Elly Henke-Stiftung, Essen
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  • Obj_Rights_S: © Simon Starling, 2010
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This proposal for a fresco for Brancusi’s ›Temple of Deliverance‹, Indore, is one of 16 sketches that exists for the unrealised project. It was first exhibited in November 1933 at an exhibition of Brancusi’s work organised by Marcel Duchamp for the Brummer Gallery, New York. This expansive exhibition included a number of other pieces related to the temple project, an ongoing concern of the artist since 1913, including ›Colonne du Baiser‹ (›Kiss Column‹) (1916 - 17) and a single marble Bird in Space (1929 - 30). A record of the exhibition exists in the form of 5 installation photographs by the Japanese artist Soichi Sunami with annotations by Duchamp on the reverse.