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Chic in Paris: Atelier Brancusi

by habituallychic

07 . 24 . 14
I love that two months into my stay in Paris, I am still discovering new places.  But I can’t believe I’ve not seen one person or article that has ever suggested visiting the free Atelier Brancusi exhibit next to the Centre Pompidou.  The artist Constantin Brancusi bequeathed his studio along with the entire contents to the French State on the condition that it would be reconstructed as it stood on the day of his death in 1957. 
During his lifetime, Brancusi spent much time rearranging his sculptures in his studio and even photographing them.  He often refused to sell his work in his later years so as not to disturb the unity he had created in his studio.  When he did sell a piece, he would replace it with a plaster cast. 
The studios and display of his tools make it feel as though Brancusi has just stepped out and might be back at any minute to continue his work.  The whole space seems almost a cross between a shrine and a chapel.  It’s quite moving and definitely worth checking out on your next visit to Paris. 
Atelier Brancusi 
Place George Pompidou
near rue Rambuteau 
75004 Paris
Hours 2:00-6:00pm 
Closed Tuesdays and May 1st
Free Entrance

Photos by Heather Clawson for Habitually Chic

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  1. Michael Hampton July 24, 2014 | 11:30 am

    What an amazing discovery! Ive seen many photos of the studio but just assumed that they were older and the the studio no longer existed. I will be sure to visit during my next trip to Paris!

    Thanks for sharing.


  2. Nancy {at} powellbrower at home July 24, 2014 | 12:44 pm

    Beautifully captured Heather! I adored that space on my visit to Paris. So glad you featured it! I love it more than ever. xo Nancy

  3. dnycviatnt July 24, 2014 | 3:27 pm

    The Brancusi Museum is a must see, must do IMHO every time I visit Paris. I first visited the Brancusi in 1997. There and Ste Chapelle are my favorite places to see and I always make time to go. They are both deeply spiritual places each in their own way. I am enjoying tagging along on your Paris sojourn. I dream of finding a not too pricey not too teeny tiny chambre de Bonne and fixing it up into an exquisite teeny tiny pied a Terre

  4. Karena Albert July 24, 2014 | 4:25 pm

    The Brancusi Museum looks incredible and what an opportunity for people to see his studio and works of art!

    The Arts by Karena

  5. kathryn July 25, 2014 | 12:44 am

    I love the juxtaposition of the wood and stone. Just stunning! I can’t wait to visit on my next trip!

  6. Charisse Andrews July 25, 2014 | 12:36 pm

    The studio is beautiful and is now on my list of must sees for my upcoming trip to Paris. The photos are gorgeous! Terrific post-thanks.

  7. Natalie July 25, 2014 | 2:43 pm

    A fascinating discovery! Unique and beautiful place. Definitely go there when in Paris next time.
    Thank you for sharing Heather.

    Have you been to Zadkine museum-studio?
    You might enjoy the visit as well.

    Enjoy two more beautiful months in Paris.


  8. Beth25 July 25, 2014 | 3:53 pm

    I simply love the Brancusi is my absolutely favorite place in Paris and I visit is on each trip. I love how the various times of day/year effect the light. In my rich fantasy life, I am there today. Thank you for sharing your Paris Summer with us. You have given us wonderfully inspiring images and a refreshing point of view.

  9. MJH Design Arts July 25, 2014 | 5:57 pm

    Beautiful soulful space–purity comes to mind.
    Thank you for the intimate visit.

  10. Elizabeth July 26, 2014 | 1:45 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I don’t see a trip to Paris in my future, but even just seeing your photographs moves me to tears. Really love this!

  11. simplequietmodern.com July 26, 2014 | 9:55 am

    Thank you thank you thank you….I am so enjoying seeing the quiet.

  12. Wayne Pate July 29, 2014 | 3:27 pm

    Heather! Photo magnifique!