The kitsch statue of King Carol I

Debating the very expensive kitsch statue of King Carol I in Bucharest’s Revolution/ Royal Palace Square. The original statue by the renowned Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic, was erected in the late 1930s, and pulled down and destroyed by the newly installed communist government in 1948-49. A plaster copy of the original was kept all the time at the Mestrovic Museum in Split, Croatia, but never used by Bucharest’s authorities, who preferred to siphon the money (3 million Euro, according to newspaper reports) and order a kitsch interpretation of the original, manufactured by an overrated local “sculptor”.

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I endeavour through this series of periodic articles to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural history and heritage.

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If you plan acquiring or selling a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advise you in sourcing and transacting the property, specialist research, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this weblog.

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