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New controversy about Brancusi’s sculptures




Poarta Sarutului in Targu Jiu turned yellow after being washed with high-pressure water. International expert commission investigates.
A new controversy sparked in connection with Constantin Brancusi’s sculptures when Dorin Danila, the designer in charge of restoring Poarta Sarutului, accused the National Heritage Institute for the stone work sculpted by Constantin Brancusi, on display in the central park in Targu Jiu, turning yellow after being washed with high-pressure water. Prime Minister Victor Ponta intervened Saturday during a visit in Targu Jiu at a symposium organized by local authorities to commemorate 75 years since the inauguration of Calea Eroilor Monumental Ensemble made by Brancusi. More precisely, the PM announced that the government would fund an international expert commission to analyze the condition in which the Calea Eroilor Monumental Ensemble currently finds itself following restoration work. In reply to these accusations, the National Heritage Institute plans to file a criminal complaint against the restoration designer as a categorical response to the latter’s attempt at denigrating the national institute.
While in Targu Jiu, Ponta called attention upon other issues related to Brancusi’s oeuvre by denouncing that all of his sculptures, with the exception of works included in the sculptural ensemble at Targu Jiu, were restituted and transported abroad. “Unfortunately, not many of Brancusi’s works are in the country. (…) I don’t know if the judges who restituted those works thought about the damage it would cause to Romania; an irreparable damage. Now, we have to run after various bidding houses across the world to retrieve Brancusi’s works, which is quite difficult, if not impossible,” Ponta said. The sculptural ensemble at Targu Jiu consists of three works: Masa Tacerii, Poarta Sarutului and Coloana Fara Sfarsit.
Philippe Gustin, French Ambassador in Romania, was also present at Saturday’s commemoration. He said that both France and Romania are doing everything in their power to include Constantin Brancusi’s works on UNESCO’s list, Agerpres informs. “This event should remind us that Brancusi and his works are a heritage to humanity, a universal heritage. Romania and France both support the inclusion on UNESCO’s world heritage list of the ensemble at Targu Jiu,” Gustin said.

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