A series of events meant to bring to the public’s attention the work of famous sculptor Constantin Brancusi were organized on Wednesday in Bucharest and Targu Jiu to mark the 144th anniversary of his birth. February 19 became in 2016 Constantin Brâncuşi Day, which is marked annually by special ceremonies.
This year, to celebrate Brâncuşi Day, in Bucharest, the National Art Museum of Romania decided to offer free access to visitors, scheduling guided tours in the Brâncuşi Hall of the National Gallery. Starting with the work ‘Head of a child’ presented at the Paris Official Exhibition of 1906 and ending with ‘Prometheus’, Constantin Brâncuşi’s works, showcased at the National Art Museum of Romania, illustrate the sculptor’s stylistic development up to the moment when he abandoned the useless details in favor of shapes.
The collection also includes two maquettes reproducing a ‘Stone Chair’ and the ‘Pillar of the Gate of the Kiss’ for the Târgu Jiu monumental ensemble as well as a rare graphical work – an elegant nude female drawing. Also on display at the Art Museum are 4 works with which the museum participated in the exhibition entitled ‘Brâncuşi. Sublimation of form’ as part of the EUROPALIA festival from Brussels. The 2019 edition of the Europalia Festival was devoted to Romania, with focus on Brâncuşi’s work.
In addition, the ‘Constantin Brâncuşi’ National Museum was inaugurated in Târgu Jiu (in the south) in the Barbu Gănescu House where the sculptor lived during the period when he worked for the monumental ensemble called ‘The Heroes’ Path’ made up of the Endless Column, the Table of Silence and the Gate of the Kiss.