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June 22, 2021

Brancusi works, one step closer to inclusion in UNESCO Heritage Fund

The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (MPCN) will initiate procedures for the inclusion of the Targu Jiu “Heroes’ Lane” Monumental Complex, which comprises Constantin Brancusi’s works, “The Table of Silence”, “The Gate of the Kiss” and “The Endless Column”, on the UNESCO World Heritage Fund list, Mediafax reports. Thus, the Targu Jiu “Constantin Brancusi” City Cultural Centre filed, yesterday, at the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, an application for initiation of nomination procedures. The complex was included, in 1991, on the short-list, but the procedures needed to complete the process have not been resumed yet.

The initiative is backed by Romania’s Ambassador to UNESCO, Nicolae Manolescu, as well as numerous cultural figures, artists, politicians, journalists, representatives of the civil society and admirers of Brancusi’s work, from Roma­nia and elsewhere, the release from the Targu Jiu “Constantin Brancusi” Cultural Centre further reads. The monumental works were meant as parts of a project which, as conceived by Constantin Brancusi himself, was to be made up of symbolic architectural elements: “an alley which, starting from the Jiu dam, which is a site associated with heroic feats by the people of Gorj, would pass beneath a portal, which is to mark entrance to the public garden, heading on to the church under renovation, and this alley – which would be called Heroes’ Lane – should end up at the monument expressing our gratitude, represented by an approximately 29 metre-high column, soaring endlessly to the skies, as endless as our gratitude”. The complex was inaugurated on October 27, 1938, and pays homage to the heroes killed in World War I. The plaque which attests the EU Resolution for the inclusion of the “Heroes’ Lane” Monumental Complex in the European Heritage Fund, alongside the Cantacuzino Palace and the Romanian Athenaeum, in Bucharest, and the Histria city in Constanta County, was unveiled in April 2007.

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