Friday, December 17, 2010

Umbrellas...by George Zongolopoulos

It rains in my heart
As it rains on the town,
What languor so dark
That it soaks to my heart?

Oh sweet sound of rain
On the earth and the roofs!
For the dull heart again,
Oh song of the rain.

It rains for no reason 
In this heart that lacks heart.
What? And no treason?
It's grief without reason.

By far the worst pain,
Without hatred, or love,
Yet no way to explain 
Why my heart feels such pain!

Paul Verlaine - 1844-1896


 






Μία πλατεία γλυπτών "γεννιέται" στο Παλαιό Ψυχικό.
Εργα τέχνης "φυτρώνουν" σε ενα ξέφωτο της Αθήνας,
που αποκτά, πλέον ονομα επώνυμο, και εξι σπουδαία
καλλιτεχνήματα του Γιώργου Ζογγολόπουλου.
Ειναι ενας από τους σημαντικότερους νεοέλληνες γλύπτες!

Εξι από τα γλυπτά του - προσφορά του Ιδρύματος Ζογγολόπουλου
και του συλλέκτη Ζαχαρία Πορτολάκη -
παίρνουν μόνιμη θέση στην πλατεία για να συμβάλλουν στο
πιστέυω του καλλιτέχνη -
στην αρμονική ενταξη των γλυπτών του σε υπαίθριους χώρους,
καθώς θεωρούσε πως η τέχνη επρεπε να είναι προσιτή σε ολους..

George Zongolopoulos was born in Athens in 1903.
He studied sculpture in Athens school of Fine Arts.
In 1937 he travels to Paris, where he studies and familiarizes himself
with the work of Ch. Despiau.
He studies works of Romanesque, Gothic and contemporary sculpture

He has been a member of the select committee of the Greek State Scholarships
Foundation with the aim of facilitating the studies of sculpture scholars abroad!.

Zongolopoulos was particularly concerned that the sculptures should co-exist
harmoniously with their environment so he frequently collaborated with architects.
The awarding of the hydro kinetic work "Umbrellas" in the competition for the
"Cour d'Honneur" and its installation at the European Council Building in Brussels
in 1995 has been quite honorary!

In February 2004 the sculptor established the public welfare 
"George Zongolopoulos Foundation" located in his home-atelier.
He died on 11th May of the same year..


55 comments:

  1. Monika, these are wonderful! Love these images.

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  2. Fantastic, Monika! So creative. Thank you.

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  3. Amazing shots!
    What a lovely poem, sad but beautiful!

    Big hugs to you!

    B xx

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  4. Super wenn Schirme als Installation ihre Dienste vollbringen!!!
    Wünsche dir einen gemütlichen Abend!
    Herzlich und bis bâlder bisous brigitte

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  5. Wonderful photographs and and and the story that goes with them.

    Where is the snow? i laugh.

    ~robert

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  6. wow !! whqat a wonderful post , Monika !!!
    fantastic !
    thank you for this .
    filia

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  7. wunderschön sind diese schirme. danke für den post.
    einen schönen abend in athen
    lg
    ingrid

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  8. Οι φωτογραφίες μου αρέσουν πολύ
    αλλά τα συγκεκριμένα γλυπτά όχι!
    Φιλιά πολλά και καλό Σ/Κ γλυκιά μου

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  9. Molto creative queste fotografie,brava!

    Ciao Monika,buona serata!

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  10. So many wonderful artist that we become aware of thanks to the blogsphere.

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  11. glorious posts


    Aloha from Hawaii

    Comfort Spiral

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  12. Liebe Monika,
    wundervolle Kompossitionen mit Schirmen.
    Und ein herrliches Gedicht von Verlaine - heute regnet es nicht in mein Herz - heute schneit es.
    Liebe Grüße
    Irmi

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  13. Liebe Monika,

    herrlich, das sieht toll aus und die Worte so passend!!!

    dir ein schönes 4. Adventwochenende

    lieb, Rachelako

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  14. Toll in Szene gesetzt, da sieht man doch wieder, auch kleine Dinge des Gebrauchs können so zu wahren Kunstobjekten werden...

    Sei lieb gegrüßt
    Kvelli

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  15. Yes Luis, do you think so? Your word as a journalist means a to me!

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  16. Thank you, dear Clint,
    for your comments!!

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  17. Betty,
    these sculptures are in the area I am living
    and after I took the photos, started the rain..
    Hugs to you!

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  18. Brigitte,
    ja ganz richtig!
    Wenn du diese Sculptur Schirme besser betrachtest,
    dann kannst du die toten Insekten darauf erkennen.
    Aber, wer sollte darauf kommen, diese einmal mit
    Wasser zu reinigen, eh?
    Gruesse,
    Monika

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  19. Caio,
    I am trying with my humble camera to find
    something of any interest,
    Filia!

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  20. Ingrid,
    danke fuer deinen lieben Bemerk!
    Wuensche dir ein sehr schoenes und gemuetliches
    Wochenende,
    Monika

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  21. Sabine,
    es hat mich sehr gefreut, dass du meine Fotos
    cool findest!
    Liebe Gruesse auch von mir!

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  22. D.Angel.
    Δέν πειράζει τι να κάνω τώρα..
    ισως σου "πέφτουνε" λίγο κρύο?
    Πολλά φιλιά
    και ωραίο Σ/Κ!!

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  23. Dear Laura,
    thank you so much..
    You are a beautiful artist!!

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  24. Francesco,
    molto grazie per il complimento!

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  25. Pasadena Adjacent,
    you are so right!
    Every day I find very good artist by myself in
    the blog sphere.
    Thank you for stopping by!

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  26. Cloudia...
    greetings from Athens!!

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  27. Irmi,
    der Winter in Deutschland, so lese ich immer
    wieder, ist dieses Jahr wirklich ziemlich schwer!
    Bleibe also gemuetlich im Haeuschen.
    Herzliche Gruesse von
    Monika

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  28. Rachelako,
    freue mich immer wieder, dich hier anzutreffen!
    Au weia, schon die vierte Kerze?
    Da muss ich mich nun wirklich beeilen!
    Herzlich,
    Monika

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  29. Kvelli,
    diese Sculptur wurde jahrelang nie von mir
    beachtet, obwohl mein Weg jeden Tag daran
    vorbeikam. Sie steht auf einem kleinen, gruenen
    Platz genau am Eingang meiner Wohnungsgegend..
    Liebe Gruesse auch von mir,
    Monika

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  30. Very nice photos. Impressive! I suppose you added the color cast in Photoshop; or was it the sky's colors at the time of capture?

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  31. Your work is of professional quality! These photos could very well be published in a famous journal, such as "Stern" or "Der Spiegel"...Brava!

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  32. Heliotypon.
    The first photo is "untouched"...
    but the others, of course, changed!
    After my photo shooting the rain falls in
    (that's why the poem) by Verlaine.

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  33. Epicuros.
    Maybe quality, but professional??
    Don't think so, but thank you!

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  34. Hello monika!!

    what a nice post!!Umrellas in all colours!!!

    and beautiful poem!!!!and you have changed you profile picture again!!Always beautiful you are monica!!

    wish you a very relaxing and happy weekend:)

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  35. Thank you Anita for your night comment!!

    Wish you also a weekend to relax and stay well!

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  36. Όμορφο και πολύχρωμο συλλογής ομπρέλες!

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  37. Costea,
    καλημέρα και σ'ευχαριστώ και γιά την προσέγγιση
    στα ελληνίκα!

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  38. Monika!!yesterday you made me laugh sooo much..about the comment on my photo..God!!You are sooo goood!!!

    wish you everything possible good!!diamonds.flowers,,perfume.lingurine..everything that makes a woman like you happy!!

    A big KISS and stay cool like you are sunshine!!

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  39. Beautiful Christmas I wis U, and a very artistic next year!
    Serge

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  40. Thank you for following me. This is my first visit to 'Greece'!I loved your umbrellas, but your earlier description of Athens was sad. So much of the world is going the same way.

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  41. Anita.
    I hope that every night you go with a laugh to
    sleep. Thank you for all your good wishes!

    Serge.
    An artistic year is what I hope for!
    Wish you very nice holidays..

    Rinkly Rimes.
    Thank you for coming to visit Athens!
    The most ancient city in the world has
    a lot to change to make the life easier..

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  42. I like it, ... no accidental creation!
    What a tragedy for the sculptor...
    God bless you for good thoughts!

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  43. Thank you Wong for stopping by!

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  44. Postcard pretty pictures as ever, love the different colors of umbrellas:-)

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  45. Το blog σου πολύ ενδιαφέον και αξιόλογο.
    Λέω να προστεθώ στους επισκέπτες και να γίνω φίλος σου...
    Επιτρέπετε;
    Σε προσκαλώ και στο δικό μου , κι αν σου αρέσει μου το λες....
    Βασίλης.

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  46. Monika, such an interesting story. I do love these images, too. I like to see black umbrellas in artwork, I'm not sure why. I suppose I simply love the design. I was happy to see these photographs.

    Thank you for posting this.

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  47. MINAKICHU,
    thank you for your compliments. I appreciate it
    very much!!

    bilsot,
    σ'ευχαριστώ για αυτά τα τόσο ωραία λόγια.
    Ειμάστε φίλοι από αυτή την στιγμή!
    Monika

    Thank you for your lovely words, Cindy.
    We cannot often see umbrellas like artworks!
    But in one point I had to stop and photograph
    them..

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  48. bilsot,
    εχουμαί και κάτι κοινό...
    την αγαπημένη μου φίλη Crissant!

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  49. liebe Monika, ich bringe dir deine so lieb gemeinten Worte zurück, "aber wir lieben dich doch alle", dein Herz ist nicht allein´....
    die Idee Schirme finde ich gut, auch manchmal brauchen wir sie über uns,
    liebe Grüße von Jasmin

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  50. Nice. You did a great job playing around with the colors. I also like how you changed the zoom in some of them.

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  51. Καλημέρα Αθηνά μου
    Ευχαριστώ πάρα πολύ για την επίσκεψη σου και για τα τόσο κολακευτικά σου σχόλια !
    Και το δικό σου blog είναι πολύ ενδιαφέρον, με εικαστικό περιεχόμενο !! Οι φωτογραφίες σου καταπληκτικές και τα κείμενα σου το ίδιο.
    Ήδη είσαι στα αγαπημένα μου.
    Καλές γιορτές
    Με αγάπη
    Μάγδα

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  52. Jasmin,
    danke dir fuer dein Kommentar.
    Ich fuehle mich auch wirklich nicht allein!
    Das Gedicht von Verlaine kam mir nur in den
    Sinn..
    Als ich mit dem fotografieren dieser Sculptur
    fertig war, setzte der Regen ein!
    Liebe Gruesse!

    flutietootie.
    Thank you!
    When I take a photo I am changing also the
    lenses and later yes there is also the photo shop.

    magda.
    Καλημέρα απο την Αθήνα σου.
    Χαρά μου που ειμαι στα αγαπημένα σου.
    Ευχές για ομορφες γιορτές!!

    Love, Monika.

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