Short on donations, Romania faces deadline to buy Brancusi

FILE - This is a Wednesday, June 15, 2016 file photo of the "Wisdom of the Earth" sculpture by Constantin Brancusi, as it is displayed at the National Bank of Romania in Bucharest, Romania. Romania's culture minister Corina Suteu said Friday Sept. 30, 2016 that the public as donated 1.163 million euros ($1.30 million) to buy the nationally treasured work by sculptor Constantin Brancusi, much less than needed. Corina Suteu thanked the 100,000 donators Friday, adding the government had one month left to buy the sculpture and she will shortly present plans to raise the deficit. Dating to 1907 or 1908, "Wisdom of the Earth" is one of just a few Brancusi works remaining in his homeland. Ôªø ÔªøÔªøÔªøÔªø (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

BUCHAREST, Romania - Romania's culture minister says the public has donated much less than needed to buy a nationally treasured work by sculptor Constantin Brancusi.

Corina Suteu thanked the 100,000 contributors who had given 1.163 million euros ($1.30 million) as of Friday, adding the government has one month left to buy the sculpture, "Wisdom of the Earth," from its private owners.

Romania's government plans to pay 5 million euros toward the sculpture's 11-million-euro purchase price. The government launched a public campaign in March to raise the remaining 6 million euros.

Suteu says she will present a new plan soon to fill the deficit.

"Wisdom of the Earth" depicts a female figure sitting with folded arms and her legs pulled up. It is one of just a few Brancusi works remaining in his homeland.


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