In search for new ideas and projects to keep alive the milenary historical centre Cucuteni and to bring more visitors here, we wanted to hold a sculpture camp in The valley of the Three Wells. After 18 years the dream came true with the help of the artists members of The Axart foundation and its president, Mr Sabin Drinceanu.
Thus, the creations of the artists participating at the first edition
of the Cucuteni sculpture camp have transformed the geographical space
of the village, bringing a breath of youth to the neolithic settlement
wich is a birth place for the Romanian nation.
Mihai Tun – primarul comunei Cucuteni
Through the three editions of the Symposium Art and the Sacred and the
first Sculpture camp held in Cucuteni, the AXart Foundation achieves a
greater number of its aims, beeing also an alternative in the Romanian
world of art.
Great personalities collaborated: Ilie Boca, Geta Bratescu, Mihai Chiuaru,
Constantin Flondor, Suzana Fantanaru, Marin Gherasim, Vasile Gorduz, Ion
Grigorescu, Dan Palade, Silvia Radu, Liviu Suhar, Marilene Preda Sanc,
and many important institutions of the Romanian and international cutural
life-UAPR, The German cultural centre from Iasi, UAP Moldavia, The Creation
Centre Wolfsburgh, The mayoralty of Cucuteni, St Nicholas Curch ( Copou).
The Axart Foundation helps and promotes the cultural projects of these
young artists: Zamfira Barzu, Gabriela Drinceanu, Alexandru Gavrilas,
Ionela Mihuleac, Draga Irina Popa, Damian Ioan Popa, Sorin Purcaru, Gavril
Siriteanu, Bogdan Vladuta.
– president of the Axart Iasi Foundation.
The terraces with neolithic sites explored by many archaeological teams,
the Thracian toomb turned into a museum, the church from the times of
Moldavia under Stephen the Great ruling, all these give substance to the
history of a place privilaged with anthropology density and coherence,
with exquisite museums and vitality of the present.. Such a vitality doesn’t
mean abandoning the tradition or blending on the map of an urban and industrial
life, but the ability to absorb and fit in the form of modern civilisation
having a rural and agricultural background. Taking these into consideration,
the cultural events have the most refined ways of integrating forms of
Thus, their monumental works of art, freed of any practical functions, funeral and even an imediate and precise sacred utility, enclosed in the exclusive expresion of modern aesthetics, these works bear the rich significance of the memorial approach and give life to the villagers’ attitude towards their important legacy.
The spring and its many symbols ( Alexandru Gavrilas) and the chalice, as symbolistic too (Marcel Stanciu), the time in its solar dimension, the unearthy as a way of escaping the material condition ( Relu Marastean ), the gate as a ritual mark of passing (Costache Siriteanu), the tower and the spiral in a vision of a more complex myth (Sorin Purcaru), the antropomorphic module (Viaceslav Zaitev), the vegetal fruit as a flower ( Ionela Mihuleac ), these are the biblical motifs largely and powerfully connected with the tradition of the place where the sculptures will exist and interact.
A number of students at the Photo section-University of Cluj, Violeta Radu, Bianca Simionescu and Hassan Samaki have watched closely the steps involved in creating the sculptures and made a visual report, nuance and sometimes poetic, about the process of creation, about the artists, the group and the place.