The Brancusi Trial


20040721Writer 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.