February 19 in Romania: ,,Constantin Brâncuși National Day”

Every year on February 19 Romania pays tribute to Constantin Brâncuși, one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th-century, pioneer of Modernism, called ,,The Patriarch of modern sculpture”. He was the great artist who carried with him all over the world our national identity. February 19 was declared Brâncuși Day, at the end of 2015.

Every year on February 19 Romania pays tribute to Constantin Brâncuși, one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th-century, pioneer of Modernism, called ,,The Patriarch of modern sculpture”. He was the great artist who carried with him all over the world our national identity.

February 19 was declared Brâncuși Day, at the end of 2015.

 

Portrait of Brâncuşi. Photograph by Edward Steichen of Brâncuşi’s workshop in Voulangis, France; first published in the United States.

 

Brancusi’s work exudes the simplicity of the life closely linked to Christian beliefs, blended with special refinement and finery. His choice of material includes marble, limestone, bronze and wood.  His creation is an important legacy left to the Romanian people: the Sculptural Ensemble in Targu Jiu was built in memory of the soldiers who died during the WWI. The monumental ensemble consists of Masa Tacerii (The Table of Silence), Poarta Sarutului (The Gate of the Kiss) and Coloana Infinitului (Endless Column).

 

February 18, 2020: the Gate of the Kiss in the city of Târgu Jiu(Romania). Photo credit: Claudiu Victor Gheorghiu

 

He studied art in Bucharest, then in Munich, and in Paris (École des Beaux-Arts, between 1905 and 1907), being invited to create within the workshop of Auguste Rodin.

After the artist`s death in March 16, 1957, there are 215 sculptures and over 1200 photos, most of them inspired by tradition, all carefully enlisted as reference works of contemporary visual arts. Brâncuși was posthumously elected to the Romanian Academy in 1990. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York began collecting his works in the 1950s, and in 1955 it organized the first large-scale exhibition dedicated to his worksChristie’s, one of the world’s most prestigious auction houses and the biggest dealer of Brancusi’s works, also holds the record for the highest price paid for a Brancusi sculpture at 27.4 million dollars. While celebrated abroad, Brancusi has not always enjoyed the same recognition at home, in Romania.

Consigned by Claudiu Victor Gheorghiu for the Intell News page in English, February 19, 2021

 

October 2018: myself at the Endless Column in the city of Târgu Jiu(Romania), made by Constantin Brâncuși in October 1938.
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My name is GHEORGHIU CLAUDIU VICTOR and I was born in October 1967 in Bucharest. In 1998 I took the master degree at University from Bucharest , the Faculty of History- universal old history section- with theme (Constantine the Great and Christianity) at professor LIGIA BARZU. In 1991 I graduated Art School , Painting section, with TITU DRAGUTESCU. I painted sacred pictures from 1990, in technique tempera or tempera with egg on wood. In the period 2004-2016, I had the honor to have the encouragements, the advices, the friendship of the Master PAUL GHERASIM(1925-2016), my mentor, the founder of the "Prolog" group. During the period 1992-1994 I was artistic advisor at Coleus contemporary art gallery . I am titular member of the Association Branch of Religious Plastic Arts and Restoration - AFAPRR of UAP from Romania: Visual Artists’ Union from Romania from April 17, 2019, admitted by contest, as well as I was trainee member during the period 2016-2019, admitted by contest. I was member in Plastic Background(FP) belong Visual Artists’ Union from Romania(UAP) from 7th of December 2000, admitted by contest. From 25th of May 2015 I was elected Media advisor of the Steering Committee of the Association Branch of Religious Plastic Arts and Restoration : AFAPRR of UAP from Romania: Visual Artists’ Union from Romania. From 2014 I am member Visarta( from March 31, 2017, I was elected in the Steering Committee of Visarta, during the period 2017-2022), the Romanian Visual Arts Copyright Collecting Society. I had 4 Personal Exhibitions with sacred art, organized by UAP from Romania- Visual Artists’ Union from Romania, in Bucharest (2001, 2003, 2004 at ArTei Gallery, 2007 at Galateea Gallery), also another two at Silva Gallery in Busteni(2007-2008), Sabion Gallery in Bucharest(2019, together with Cristina Georgescu). I had also 2 Personal Exhibitions in Italy : I was Honor Guest, representing Romania, with sacred art, June 2003 at Pisa and in October 2006 ”The icons, sacred pictures in contemporary world” at Viadana(Mantua). I won some prizes in Italy and I participated, admitted by contest, at some art fairs and international exhibitions around the world, representing Romania: most of them in Italy(Pompeii, Pisa, Turin, Milan, Reggio Emilia, Bari, Viadana, Mantua), but also in France, Germany, Greece, Japan, Peru, South Korea, Switzerland; in secondary also I am cultural journalist: from May 2015 to January 2016 I was Contributing Editor at Culture (Fine Arts, Exhibitions, History, Religion) at the newspaper Jurnalul Bucureştiului. From 17th of January 2016 I was advanced Senior Editor at the same newspaper, which has been called since April 2020 the Jurnalul Bucureştiului ,,Le Petit Parisien”, with a different leadership and a different format. From 1st of November 2015 to 31st of December 2016 I was Contributing Editor and Thematic Advisor at News Agency Lacasuri Ortodoxe and Press service LO News. From 1st of January 2016 I am Senior Editor of the Intell News(Global news, press and event analysis) and coordinator of the Culture pages (in Romanian and English, named Intell News Romania). From May 3, 2019, I am also publisher commentator at the newspaper Ultima Oră.