Famous Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi will be celebrated in an event organized at the Scala Cinema in Bucharest on February 19. Organized by the Canada – based International Constantin Brancusi Society, the event will celebrate 137 years since the birth of the sculptor. Representatives of the Romanian Government, including the Prime Minister Victor Ponta, of the Parliament, Romanian Academy and Romanian patriarchy are expected to attend the event.
The evening’s program will include documentary film screenings, a photo exhibition tracing Brancusi’s life from his home village of Hobita all the way to Paris, where he died. Brancusi is buried in Paris, in the famous Cimetière du Montparnasse. Romanian writer Laurian Stănchescu initiated the procedures to have Brancusi’s remains sent back to Romania, but as Romania’s then Culture Minister said in December last year, it all rests on the goodwill of the French Government.
Constantin Brancusi, who died in 1957, is currently buried in the famous Cimetière du Montparnasse, where many other celebrated artists and writers are also buried. The cemetery has several Brancusi sculptures made for fellow artists on their deaths. Brancusi worked in France and was an important part of the art scene in the early part of the 20th Century. He worked briefly in Rodin’s studio, before developing his own hugely influential abstract style. Brancusi is now considered one of the most important sculptors of the last century.
Brancusi’s works are highlights of art auctions around the world. Late last year, International auction house Christie’s estimated that a sculpture by Romanian artist Constantin Brancusi, called Une Muse, would fetch between USD 10 and 15 million. Une Muse was part of Brancusi’s first exhibition in the US in 1913 and was among the first works by the sculptor to find its way into an American collection. The piece had not been on the market or exhibited in public for nearly 25 years.
(in picture: Brancusi’s Prometheus)