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January 28, 2023

Culture Ministry set to bring Brancusi’s earthly remains to the homeland

While at Constantin Brancusi’s home at Hobita, Culture Minister Mircea Diaconu said that his ministry will get involved in the repatriation from Paris of the great sculptor’s earthly remains. While in Gorj Co, Sunday along with writer Laurian Stanchescu, who is behind a public campaign aimed at bringing Brancusi’s earthly remains from the Paris cemetery of Montparnasse to his native Hobita, Mircea Diaconu met with the great sculptor’s descendants and visited the artist’s childhood home. “I think nobody owns a person’s earthly remains other than their relatives and the place where they were born. This is where his ground, this is where he took his first steps,” Maria Brancusi, a grandniece of the sculptor said. The culture minister said that the situation at  Hobita, where thing as not “right” by any means, is also found at various other  tourist and cultural sites in Romania, reason for which he will make a relevant inventory to try and settle the issues along with other ministries. Last year, writer Laurian Stanchescu initiated a signature collection campaign seeking to bring Constantin Brancusi’s earthly remains at Hobita. This year, Stanchescu originated another action called the “Constantin Brancusi” Cultural March along the route  Craiova – Paris, with the writer reenacting the sculptor’s  walk from Craiova to Paris in   1903 – 1904.A group of 31 deputies with the Democratic Liberal Party  (PDL), Social Democratic Party (PSD), National Liberal Party (PNL) and the minorities group, too, signed an open letter to France’s Parliament. However, answering a parliamentary interpellation Nov 2011, former  culture minister Kelemen Hunor said that, diplomatically speaking, the Romanian state cannot take “an non-amiable action” against the French state asking for Brancusi’s remains to be repatriated, given Romania having committed the mistake of refusing the donation of the artist’s workshop in  Paris.

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