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17th May 2022

Dissident artist Alexander Archipenko rediscovered in the Estorick Collection

Paris in 1910 was a magnet for modernist artists, among them the eastern European sculptors Brancusi and Kyiv-born Archipenko. Rejecting Rodin as “outdated”, Archipenko used the new ideas of cubism to create elegant, radical biomorphic forms. Italian Futurists loved his “optimistic sculptures of a Brave New World” and their advocacy only increased his influence. All this caught the eye of an unknown Giacometti, who moved to Paris and, in 1925, rented Archipenko’s former studio.