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The Treasure of Brancusi

Ioan Tivadar, The Treasure of Brancusi
For the man Brancusi, faith should be placed on a level higher than any reality determined by science, philosophy and especially above any artistic ideal, meaning the primacy of spirit to matter. The exegetes of his works have highlighted “the rich tradition of Romanian folk art which is a major source of artistic and philosophical inspiration, but few have noticed in his art the influence of the Orthodox faith or of the Byzantine liturgical tradition”.
There are many similarities between the Brancusian column and the church. The wooden pillars of the church porch or the old graves crosses have inlays similar to the column. If we try to look at his work from a different perspective, we’ll notice the essentialization of the forms and the beginning of the modern art, its universality, but we risk losing its heart, or “the kernel” of his art. Romania is proud of the Monumental ensemble from Targu Jiu, the peak of his creation, a valuable synthesis of archaic and modern, spirit and matter, art and religious experience. The ensemble composed of three monumental works, his exceptional masterpieces
as well as their location on The Avenue of Heroes inTirgu Jiu represents “His artistic legacy, dedicated to his people and to the whole humankind of tomorrow”.

Keywords: Brancusi, Sculptural Ensemble of Constantin Brâncuşi at Târgu Jiu, Table of Silence, the Gate of the Kiss and the Endless Column