Let’s talk about Paris this week! Through the years the name of my blog makes many of you thinking I live in Paris, but it’s nothing more than a nickname I created on an interior design forum in 2007 which expressed my affection for the city. When discovering blogging that same year I just continued with the name I created, not thinking I would still run the blog 15 years later and the name has nothing to do with interiors.
I am thinking for a long time how I can include My Amsterdam guide, a blog I have not updated that much lately, to this platform. Just how I would love to create a Paris guide. I have no intention to create a huge guide but love to show you some of my favourite hotspots and shopping adresses in Paris just like I do in Amsterdam or any other city I visit. I will try to find the old ones and somehow connect them with one and another.
Paris was the second place I visited in January and nothing better than escaping from the boring after Christmas feeling than visiting the city of Paris. Atelier Brancusi has been on my list for ages and this time I actually took the time to finally visit the reconstructed Ateliers and invite you to have a look with me!
From 1916 until his death, Brancusi worked in various studios, at first 8, then 11 Impasse Ronsin in Paris’s 15th arrondissement. He used two and then three studios, knocking down the walls to create the first two rooms in which he exhibited his work. In 1936 and 1941, he added two other adjoining areas, which he used for works in progress, and to house his workbench and tools.
Brancusi considered the relationship between sculptures and the space they occupied to be of crucial importance. In the 1910s, by laying sculptures out in a close spatial relationship, he created new works within the studio which he called “mobile groups”, stressing the importance of the connections between the works themselves and the possibilities of each for moving around within the group.
In 1956, Brancusi bequeathed his entire studio (completed works, sketches, furniture, tools, library, record library, photographs, etc.) to the French state, on condition that it undertook to reconstruct the studio just as it was at the artist’s death.
Text Centre Pompidou Read more about the story of Atelier Brancusi here