Brancusi was the son of a peasant from a mountainous province of Romania, yet he became an internationally famous artist and is now seen as one of, if not the, most important sculptors of the 20th century. How did this happen and what is so special about his work ? Brancusi combined the Romanian wood working tradition with a Belles Arts fine art training. He also had an intuitive understanding of the significance of engineered products. As a great friend of the inventor of conceptual art Marcel Duchamp, Brancusi is an enigmatic contradiction, and this will be explored in this lecture, along with his relevance to 20th century sculpture.

David Worthington graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Philosophy and Theology, then studied fine art in London, Barcelona and New York. A sculptor, who also curates and writes about art, was shortlisted for the Jerwood Sculpture Prize in 2009, is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Sculptors, and was Vice President in 2010-13. He has carried out public commissions in the UK, America and Japan. His work is in the Creative Cities Collection, Beijing, China. and he has had many solo shows.