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londonconstant 8:02am, 22 December 2008
Ruins of Constantin Brancusi's native house in Hobita, Romania, sub-Carpathians Mountains

After the redevelopment of the Montparnasse neighbourhood i, the atelier of the great Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi has been rebuilt within the precincts of the Modern Art Museum in Paris.

By contrast in Romania, brancusi's birthp[lace a historic wooden cottage in the village of Hobita was demolished (its ruins seen in the above picture)

it may be a pious gesture to have it reassembled as part of the Muzeul Taranului in Bucharest.

Distrugerea casei lui Brancusi este un act de necrezut sa se fi intamplat in Romania tranzitiei - un act de vandalism si terorism cultural de neiertat.
Savarsirea acestei crime este cu atat mai surprinzatoare cu cat autorul ei se vrea un sculptor care se bucura de fovoarea minsterului Culturii forul care ar fi trebuit sa pastreze memoria lui Brancusi si sa restaureze casa asa cum s-ar face in ori si ce tara civilizata: autorul acestui fapt Florin Codre a ramas nepedepsit - este ca si cum s-ar fi incercat sa se demoleze casa memoriala a lui Eminescu a lui Enescu sau in strainatate casa natala a lui George Washington sau a lui Michelangelo.
Romanii se mandresc cu Brancusi si nu uita nici odata sa aminteasca lumii intregi ca sculptorul aeste Roman....in timp ce suntem martori indiferenti unor asemenea acte care ne pateaza reputatia si ne pun la indoiala valorile noastre morale.
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This picture taken in 2007 shows the remains of the house where the sculptor was born in the village of Hobita, province of Oltenia: this state of affairs is due to an attempt at dismantling the house and selling it for financial gain, as discussed in the Romania libera newspaper in an article by journalists Harsan and Vilau:
www.romanialibera.ro/a87556/mostenirea-brancusi-lasata-in....
This act of wonton vandalism according to the newspaper is due to sculptor FLORIN CODRE, author of the equestrian sculpture of Carol I erected in Romania in 2008.
When the local authorities found out about the deed they stopped the removal of the timber, or rather what was left of it, but it was too late. No legal action was taken so far against the author of this project. The timber is left to rot totally unprotected: it sums up a sad state of affairs (and of state of mind) of the get-rich-quick regardless in present-day Romania.
www.romanialibera.ro/a87556/mostenirea-brancusi-lasata-in...
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