Minister of Culture and National Identity George Ivascu on Monday paid a homage to the great sculptor, Constantin Brancusi, on the occasion of the celebration of 142 years since his birth, underscoring that "he was among those who helped Romania become really great."
"Today, his name is mentioned with deep respect on every continent, while being pronounced with a French accent. If they could see the cedilla on the letter A they will all know where this huge artists came from. Anyone who visited his workshop in Paris can say that they saw Romania. That they looked it in the eye. The glory of this artist belongs to France, his work belongs to the entire humankind, but the calluses on his palms remain ours forever. They belong to the son of a patient but stubborn nation, who also looked for the primordial sense of things. A composed man, who brought to light something more stronger then the Doric, and more symmetrical than the Ionic and more beautiful then the Corinthian: the first infinite. He was among those who helped Romania become really great."
According to the Minister of Culture, "an entire planet saw him flying and bowed before him, but the Romanian authorities of the time turn their back on him."
"As we are preparing to celebrate the centenary of the Great Union this year, an empty table reminds us of the absence of those who fell to accomplish a thousand year long dream. With the eyes of a geometer and hands used with the hard work, he carved into the stone and the metal for the order that God left us, with goods and bads. Night by night, he returned in his dreams from exile to the captive country, on the very porch where he first saw the beauty of the world. In order to be able to see it, his soul turned into a bird of paradise. An entire planet saw his flight and bowed to him, only the Romanian authorities of the time turned their back on him, but he forgave them, so that he can continue to love us. A great soul as big as Romania celebrates his 142th anniversary today and is stronger than ever. Happy Birthday, Constantin Brancusi!," added the Minister of Culture and National Identity.