George Zongolopoulos (1903-2004)

Born in Athens in 1903, he studied sculpture in the Athens School of Fine Arts under Thomas Thomopoulos (1924-1930). In the years 1949 and 1950 he worked in the atelier of the sculptor Marcel Gimond in Paris with a scholarship granted by the French Government. From 1952 to 1953, after having been granted a scholarship by the Greek State Scholarships Foundation, he went to Italy where he studied bronze-casting techniques (Fonderia Nicci, Rome and Fonderia Domeniccini, Pistoia).

He has been an active member of such groups as 'Techni', the Union of Free Artists, the Association of Free Artists, the Association of Greek Artists, 'Stathmi', 'Tomi' and the Group for Communication and Education in Art and has taken part in their exhibitions and meetings. Many of his works belong to private collections and Foundations in Greece and all over the world or adorn public places, buildings and squares. In 1936 his works appeared for the first time in a gallery in Athens. Since then he has held a considerable number of solo exhibitions, participated in group exhibitions and received several distinctions not only in Greece but all over the world. He has had many award winning competition entries and commissions.

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.

Solo Exhibitions

  • 1999 Berlin TEL-NEANΤ, Germany
  • 1997 Venice, Riva dei Giardini, Italy (During the  Biennale 1997 in Gran Canale)
  • 1995 Centenaire Biennale, Riva dei Giardini, Italy
  • 1994 Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 1994 Gallery Kapatos, Athens, Greece
  • 1993 Venice Biennale, Greek pavilion, Italy
  • 1992 Jean Bernier Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
  • 1991 Bassel 22 1991 - Jean Bernier Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
  • 1991 FIAC 1991 - Denise Rene Gallery, Paris
  • 1991 Venice Biennale 1991 Architecture International, Italy
  • 1990 Jean Bernier Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
  • 1984 Goethe Institute, Athens, Greece
  • 1982 Europalia Hellas, Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels, Belgium
  • 1979 Zoumboulaki Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 1979 Gallery Z.M., Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 1978 Budayari Palota National Museum Budapest, Hungary
  • 1977 Warsow Museum, Zacheta, Poland
  • 1976 Campo Pisani, Venice, Italy
  • 1971 Hellenic American Union, Athens, Greece
  • 1962 Doxiades Schools Athens Technological Institute, Athens, Greece
  • 1962 Macedonian Art group 'Techni', Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 1957 Sao Paolo Biennale, Brazil
  • 1956 Venice Biennale, Italy
  • 1948 Zachariou Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 1936 Stratigopoulos Gallery, Athens, Greece

Group Exhibitions

  • 2003 332+1 Artists and Donators, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 1997 Modern Art centre, Rethimno, Greece
  • 1996 Art Athina, Denise Rene Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 1995 Rethimno Cultural Centre, Crete, Greece
  • 1993 Art Athina, Galerie 3, Athens, Greece
  • 1993 Venice Biennale, 1993, Pavillon de la Grece
  • 1991 FIAC 1991, Denise Rene Gallery, France
  • 1991 Venice Biennale, 1991, Architecture Internationale, Italy
  • 1990 Grands et Jeunes d’ Aujourd’ hui, Grand Palais, Paris, France
  • 1988 International Contemporary Sculpture, Collioure, France
  • 1987 Patra Festival, Greece
  • 1986 Memories - Recreations – Quests, in the National Gallery, Alexandros Soutsos Museum, Greece
  • 1986 Salon des Comparaisons, Grand Palais, Paris, France
  • 1985 Salon de Mai, Grand Palais, Paris, France
  • 1984 Trito Mati Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 1984 Sindesmos Sychronis Technis, Athens, Greece
  • 1984 Municipal Cultural Centre Athens, Greece
  • 1983 Scientific Research Center, Athens, Greece
  • 1979-88 Grands et Jeunes d’ Aujourd’ hui, Grand Palais, Paris, France
  • 1973 Desmos Gallery, Athens, Porto Rafti, Greece
  • 1973 Perron Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland
  • 1968-75 Salon de la Jeune Sculpture, Paris, France
  • 1963 Z.-M. Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 1963 Contemporary sculpture, Rodin Museum, Paris, France
  • 1963 Cyprus Hilton, Cyprus
  • 1963 Grattacielo Gallery, Milan, Italy
  • 1962 Bezabel Museum, Israel
  • 1959 Creuze Gallery, Paris, France, France
  • 1958 Armos Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 1958 Hilton Hotel, Athens, Greece
  • 1958 Zygos Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 1958 Merlin Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 1958 Nees Morfes Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 1957 Institute Français, Athens, Greece
  • 1956 International Architecture Zappeion, Athens, Greece
  • 1954 Belgrade Museum, Serbia
  • 1953 Unknown Civil exile, London, UK
  • 1948 Omada Technis, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 1946 Auberge de la Jeunesse, Institut Français
  • 1946 Casa d’ Italia, Athens, Greece
  • 1946 Cairo Biennale, Egypt
  • 1946 Stocholm Museum, Sweden
  • 1940 Participation in Venice Biennale, Italy
  • 1938 Contemporary Architecture Centre, Athens, Greece
  • 1936 Omada Technis, Athens, Greece

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