As part of the “140 years since the birth of great sculptor Constantin Brancusi” programme, Rome’s Academia di Romania is organizing, on February 19, an event dedicated to the great Romanian sculptor.
The event will consist of a conference – “Brancusi among his contemporaries and the posterity of his work” – offered by art historian and critic Prof. Grigore Arbore-Popescu and accompanied by video documents from the life and work of the great sculptor.
“At the end of the conference we will screen Cornel Mihalache’s ‘Brancusi’ (1996 ) documentary film. Since 1995, Grigore Arbore Popescu has been technical director of the National Research Centre of the Marine Studies Institute in Venice,” the Romanian Cultural Institute informs.
Grigore Arbore Popescu is a graduate of Ancient History and Archaeology studies (University of Bucharest, 1965), of History and Theory of Art (Plastic Arts University Institute, Bucharest, 1970). He got his Ph.D. in History of Art, Magna cum laudae, from the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa (1975) and from the Bucharest University (1980). From 1991 to 1995, he was the National Research Centre’s expert in the programming and coordination activity for the consolidation of scientific and technological collaboration with Central and Eastern European countries.
Likewise, also on February 19, the Romanian Cultural and Humanistic Research Institute in Venice will organize a series of events occasioned by the marking of 140 years since the birth of the great Romanian sculptor: the screening of the ‘Brancusi’ documentary directed by Cornel Mihalache and the presentation of a lecture dedicated to the life and work of the artist, a lecture given by Prof. Dr. Aurel Chiriac, art historian and director of the Tarii Crisurilor Museum in Oradea.
Aurel Chiriac is director general of the Tarii Crisurilor Museum, scientific researcher, university professor at the Oradea University and the West University in Timisoara. He is the author of numerous history of art volumes and studies on religious painting in northwestern Romania (14th-19th Centuries), religious objects, peasant handicrafts in Bihor, architecture in northwestern Romania in 12th-19th Centuries, as well as contemporary plastic art.