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Bucharest – Craiova – Hobita – Crasna – Ramnicu Valcea – Bucharest
Recommended duration: 4 days
Available: All year long
Type of activity: sightseeing, cultural, crafts
A pioneer of modern sculpture, Constantin Brancusi found inspiration in Romanian traditions, folkloric art and geometric lines. In this tour we follow his life (his birthplace, his school, his initial artwork, his masterpieces in Tg Jiu) and also the roots of his craft (Romanian traditions, old wooden houses, carpenters).
It is said that in the third day of a child’s life his or hers destiny is decided by the fairy godmothers, at a table discussion. Through the household gate, the same child passes a new threshold: towards maturity, building a family and being part of the community. The funeral pillar is the one that closes the journey. In the peasants’ world, all these three sign-objects, the table – the gate – the pillar, signify the crossing between two worlds and also the communication that is possible from one world to another. We meet all three objects in the Brancusi ensemble in Targu Jiu and throughout his work.
Glimpses & stops from the itinerary:
- admiring “Cumintenia Pamantului – Wisdom of the earth”, made by Brancusi in 1907, from limestone crinoide. It is said that this sculpture together with The Kiss and The Prayer form the emblem „of the first modern sculptures in the world”. The good news is that we can visit all three of them in Romania now!
- Stopping by MNAR – The National Museum of Art, a beautiful palace in the heart of Bucharest. Here, the permanent exposition houses 10 works of art from different moments of the artist’s life. Among them The Prayer, The Sleep, The Torment.
- Visiting the sculpture that marked the artist’s decision to leave Romania in 1903 – the bust of Carol Davila
- A stroll through Craiova’s city centre, a diversity of architectural styles: renaissance, Baroque, classic, neoclassic, romantic, neoRomanian. This is the place where Brancusi started his formal training and we will see the school that he attended
- The Art Museum of Craiova – the place that hosts some of Brancusi’s works: The Kiss – built in stone in 1907, Vitellius – the oldest art work of Brancusi created in 1898 from gyps, Woman Torso – marble work from 1909, Vanity – from 1905, Mademoiselle Pogany
- Hobita, the birthplace of the sculptor, where we will stop at the Memorial House of Constantin Brancusi
- Targu –Jiu, the place where he had spent much of his childhood. We will stop by Table of Silence, The Gate of the Kiss, and Endless Column commemorate the courage and sacrifice of Romanians who in 1916 defended Târgu Jiu from the forces of the Central Powers.
Program also includes:
- eating in local guesthouses/local trout farms, places where the food is homemade
- sleeping in a house built in 1769 by a very rich governor who held 400 hectares in Cartiu village.
- storytelling with Nicolae Rotaru, a 70 years old craftsman from Crasna, Gorj. He says that Brancusi’s genius wouldn’t have been able to build his modern sculptures, if it weren’t for generations of Romanian craftsmen that held the symbols and the craft alive.
- and much more
We will have plenty of time to take pictures of the Romanian country side, village architecture, scenery and traditional crafts.
Services included in the package:
- English speaking authorized guide
- transportation by minivan (9 seated places; air conditioning available) or coach
- accommodation in a double room in a hotel and local guesthouses
- all parking fees and fuel
- entrance fees
- dinner and lunch menu (first course, second course, desert, one small bottle of water). One of our meals will be prepared in a traditional household, the rest are at restaurants and guesthouses
Services not included in the package: additional drinks for meals and other personal expenses.
Activity level: easy