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FULLY BOOKED – Brâncuși at the National Gallery of Art – Breaking the Rules in Modern Art – 2024

February 17 @ 4:00 pm 5:00 pm

Please note that this event is now FULLY BOOKED! No additional spots are available. Access to the tours will be made available only to those with a existing reservations. No exceptions!

We are thrilled to announced that the special guided tour “Brâncuși at the National Gallery of Art – Breaking the Rules in Modern Art” organized by Romanians of DC, in partnership with the National Gallery of Art of the United States, is back! The event marks Brâncuși’s Day, an annual holiday designed to celebrate the life of the artist widely considered one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th century and the father of modernism.

UPDATE! There will be two guided tours which will take place on Saturday, February 17 at 1:00 and 4:00 pm in the East Building located at 150 4th Street, NW, Washington, DC. Please note that the 4 pm tour is SOLD OUT! Registration for the 1 pm tour will be first made available, in person and while available, to the participants at the Cânt de dragoste event scheduled for Friday, February 2. LIMITED SPOTS are available. Registered participants will receive additional information about the logistics of that day via email. This is a FREE event but participation is possible only with a confirmed ticket, no exceptions! 

The hour long tour will be centered on the sculptures by Constatin Brâncuși the National Gallery of Art has in its collection and will place his art into the wider context of the modernism art movement.

Constantin Brâncuși was born in Hobița, Romania, on February 19, 1876. He studied art at the Școala de meserii in Craiova from 1894 to 1898 and at the Școala Națională de Arte Frumoase in Bucharest from 1898 to 1901. In 1904 Brâncuși left Romania for Paris where he enrolled at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1905. From 1907 until his death, he worked largely on his own, systematically forging an original modernist sculptural style. In 1935 the artist received an important public commission for a war memorial in Târgu Jiu, Romania. For this commission he designed a complex that included a ceremonial portal, tables, stools, and the sculpture known as the Endless Column. In 1952, Brâncuși became a French citizen. He died in Paris on March 16, 1957. Brâncuși’s work has inspired a host of modern sculptors, from Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, and Isamu Noguchi (who worked as Brâncuși’s studio assistant in 1927) to Carl Andre, Donald Judd, and Dan Flavin.

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Talking on cellular phones is not permitted in the galleries or auditoriums. Monopods, tripods, and selfie sticks are not permitted inside the National Gallery buildings.

Free checkrooms are located at each entrance. All bags will be inspected before they can be placed in the checkrooms or carried into the National Gallery. Items larger than 17 × 26 inches (43 × 66 centimeters) are not permitted in the checkrooms or galleries. The National Gallery reserves the right to refuse items and is not responsible for items held in the checkrooms.

Visitors must either keep water bottles concealed or contained at all times or place them in bags and check them. Visitors must either keep umbrellas in their purses or backpacks or check them. Laptops, cameras, fur coats, and other items of value cannot be checked, but may be carried into the galleries. The National Gallery is not responsible for loss of or damage to items of value.

Organized by Romanians Of DC