The Brancusi Trial

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20040721

Writer and barrister John Mortimer tells the story of one of the most influential art trials ever conducted: Brancusi vs. UNITED STATES.

Constantin Brancusi is considered the father of modern sculpture. But 75 years ago he had to fight for his name and reputation in a trial which became the cause celèbre of its day. This extraordinary case resulted in a court of law having to answer that most elusive question - what is art?

Using transcripts of the trial which the programme-makers unearthed in a personal arcHIVe, Mortimer analyses a remarkable episode which transformed 20th century art.

20040721

Writer and barrister John Mortimer tells the story of one of the most influential art trials ever conducted: Brancusi vs. UNITED STATES.

Constantin Brancusi is considered the father of modern sculpture. But 75 years ago he had to fight for his name and reputation in a trial which became the cause celèbre of its day. This extraordinary case resulted in a court of law having to answer that most elusive question - what is art?

Using transcripts of the trial which the programme-makers unearthed in a personal arcHIVe, Mortimer analyses a remarkable episode which transformed 20th century art.

20031109

Writer and barrister John Mortimer tells the story of one of the most influential art trials ever, which involved Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi.

20031109

Writer and barrister John Mortimer tells the story of one of the most influential art trials ever, which involved Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi.