Romanian PM Dacian Ciolos has joined the government’s effort to buy the famous Wisdom of the Earth sculpture by the Romanian-born, Paris-based sculptor Constantin Brancusi.
Ciolos said he has donated the wage he got in April. In a Facebook post he urged everybody to donate as little as they can.
“I have decided to do this because Brancusi is also mine,” said the PM.
The government is looking to collect EUR 6 million from donations, adding to the EUR 5 million it has already allotted for this acquisition.
This sculpture was first exposed in 1910, in Bucharest. It was originally purchased one year later by Gheorghe Romascu, a Romanian engineer and art lover, according to the Guardian publication.
The work of art was confiscated by the communists in 1957 and it was returned to the family of its original owner in 2008. It was put up for sale in 2014.
Several celebrities in Romania have enrolled in this campaign, including actors, diplomats, film directors and sports legends.