China's ambassador praises Romania's Brancusi and promotes further economic ties
China's Ambassador to Romania Huo Yuzhen recently encouraged her countrymen to visit the ‘truly amazing’ Targu-Jiu after touring its Constantin Brancusi sculptures.
Visiting on the weekend with a group of 38 ambassadors, Huo Yuzhen also said the countries should continue their economic cooperation.
“I think that fruitful relations can be established between the two countries," Yuzhen said.
“Many Chinese investors came to Romania with various investment plans. China's Prime Minister signed many contracts when he paid a visit to Romania.”
After learning about Brancusi in Paris, Yuzhen said she was glad to see his work with her own eyes.
“I believe that you are very rich culturally speaking,” she said.
Targu-Jiu mayor Florin Carciumaru said the delegation’s visit was a moment of pride for the city.
Brancusi has been called “The Father of Modern Sculpture” and his works can fetch tens of millions of dollars at auction. He was born near Târgu Jiu in 1876. He studied in Bucharest initially and later in Munich and at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.
He worked briefly in Rodin’s studio, before developing his own hugely influential abstract style. He did not gain favor with the communist regime Romania, which criticized his works for being “bourgeois,” and after he gained French citizenship, he lived out his later years as something of an exile in France.
Brâncuşi died in 1957 and was buried in Montparnasse Cemetery, where some of his friends’ graves were already adorned with his sculptures. Brâncuşi is now considered one of the most important sculptors of the last century.
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