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Brancusi’s “Bird in Space” Soars Again

Brancusi’s “Bird in Space” Soars Again

Constantin Brancusi’s Bird in Space is one of the Norton Simon’s most iconic 20th-century sculptures. It commands the most prominent spot in the Modern Art gallery, its gleaming yellow-bronze surface magnificent under the skylighted rotunda. Its placement there is the culmination of a long process of art historical inquiry, scientific investigation and conservation treatment since its acquisition in 1972, requiring some challenging issues to be resolved.

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