The Manoli Sculpture Museum
Manoli was not only interested in using recycled materials in his sculptures but also granite, clay and metals. He is celebrated for shaking up the world of sculpture with his works of people, animals and abstract commissions.
On the 8th of September 2001, Britt-Marie Manoli Pierre's wife opened the Musee Manoli in the Richardais village situated on the banks of the Rance River just beyond the tidal barrage. This was closely supported by the 'Friends of Manoli' organisation. Since then the museum has continued to grow little by little to be one of the gems on Brittany's cultural scene
Today the museum continues to flourish, thanks partly to the financial support of local and regional funds and hosts an exciting and diverse schedule of exhibitions, events and open days aimed to put the museum at the heart of the local community and inspire old and young alike by Pierre Manoli's remarkable works.
Today we welcome over 7000 visitors a year to the museum.
pierre manoli association
We encourage those interested in Manoli to become a friend of the museum which allows members to support and contribute to the programme of activies and events through the year and also participate in trips and visits to other institutions organised by the association. You will be kept informed on latest news and events and enjoy free access to the Manoli museum through the year.
OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS
MONCOMBLE, René (Président)
WASSERMAN, Françoise (Vice-Présidente)
WUJEK-MANOLI Sylvie (Secrétaire)
SIMONET, Jean-Yves (Trésorier)
CONTIN, Pierre (Membre de droit- Municipalité de La Richardais) ou
AUFFRET, Maryvonne (Membre de droit - Municipalité de La Richardais)
GIDONI, Francis (Président d'honneur)
MANOLI, Anne (Membre de droit)
MANOLI, Britt (Membre de droit)
MANOLI the torch
The first works
Based around the human form, the line of the sculpture is lengthened and the form is sobre and harmonious. The observation of movement became quickly one of Manoli’s major works. On leaving school he wanted to make figures in air. Inspired by this brainwave Manoli started on his work the Trapezists! The grace and elegance of these figures is captured through their movement and love of life! This remarkable work of 1956 was featured in the national press and having been exhibited at the Autumn show of 1958, Georges Boudaille mentioned these works in his letters. With his acrobats suspended by a wire, his mobile trapesizts and dansers, Manoli had started a new direction for sculpture.
Manoli, the man of fire
In this series the technique of the artist is dominated by the use of fire. It is under the heat of a the welding machine that gave birth to the majority of his works. Cut down, modelled and assembled with metal these works are of man, trees and birds. As individuals or groups these works in bronze, lead or stainless steel capture the power of the flame. These works appear to be frozen in time reflecting their absorbing and defracting their silver or gold streaks in the sunlight.
Working with fire on granite, this is transformed in sun . This technique was invented by Farleigh Dickenson in New Jersey in 1962. Waiting for the delivery of his materials, Manoli. The fusion of granite was born in these incredible circumstances.
‘Every expression or way of expressing starts with a meeting’
Manoli was constantly looking for a meeting, a meeting with an idea, a form. Using kitchen utencils, breakers yard and black smiths yards where places that Manoli regularly looked for his materials. (transmission chain saws, horseshoe nails, plowshares ...) often results in a work of art. Kitchen utensils, deposits scrap dealers and hardware stores are sources where the sculptor seeks his treasure.
Singly or together, welded together these objects retain their identity; ennobled by the artist, they metamorphose into unexpected figurative compositions ("Arbre de Vie", "Voile", "Figure humaine") ou abstraites ("Héliosphère", "Flèches", "Grande Vitesse").
"The whole world is sensitive, he says, the expression comes from what is happening around us"
The monumental works
For sculptors, the command to develop a project related to a specific location. For Manoli, it helps to strengthen the emotional tension and the poetic impulse of his sculpture.
"La Grande Voile" in Montparnasse train station is one of the highlights of the research assembly. This monumental work of high 3,8 meters solder brass steel, is at the Ocean Gate. "I had extracted harrows in the land of fields. The idea of the Great Sail was born from this encounter with the object. As soc plow the earth, the TGV travels the landscape, the TGV Atlantique sailing flying out to sea. "
On the topic of Flight, a monumental variant is installed at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Rennes in 2000. Another, "La Fontaine de Vie " (1995) made for the city of Chantepie, near Rennes, was acclaimed by the public following a competition.
The four ton polished stainless steel chimney of the establishment in the Pierre and Marie Curie Faculty in Paris, catalyze the surrounding elements adapting to the technical installation directly in the alternate heating exhaust pipes.
Two years before disappearing, Manoli receives the order of the liturgical furnishings of the cathedral of Saint-Corentin Quimper. Achieved and implemented in 1999, the work includes the founding themes of Manoli: the light, the flight and the spirit of love between people and that drives every gesture, every action and every achievement.
Pierre Manoli was born in Cairo on November 15th. Manoli is descended of greek heritage with possible a streak of venetian. August Manoli his father was a famous doctor in Cairo and occasionally worked for the Royal Palace. He was an art lover and often invited artists to stay in the family home.
From a young age, Pierre Manoli, started to model figures including animals. He expressed an interest at this point to become a sculpter. Looking at his work, a family friend who was also a sculpture, noticed the precocious talent in Pierre and encouraged his development.
Manoli enrolled in the Acadamy of Fine Art in Cairo.
ARTISTIC STUDIES IN FRANCE
On completion of his studies in Cairo, Manoli left Egypt to settle in France.further his studies Manoli leaves Egypt to settle in France..
After a brief travel through Alsace, he arrived in Paris where he inscribed into the National School of decorative arts. He studied here until 1955 and obtained the diploma of Henri Matisse.
MANOLI was married to Jacqueline Renaut and had two children Sylvie and Anne
MANOLI decided to complete his training by enrolling at the National Acadamy of Fine Art in Paris. He had as tutors Despierre, Saint-Saens, Cavailles and Robert Coutuier. He worked with grease and plastor to form his models. It is here he started his first explorations into trapezistes and people suspended in air.
During the winter salon he exposed his trapezistes. Georges Boudaille admired his works and mentioned them in his Lettres francaise. Manoli with his acrobats and stated a new wave in sculpture.
Manoli participated with his mobile sculptures at the first Biennale of Paris and the salon of the young sculpter.
Manoli took part in the international seminar of the University of Farleigh Dickenson in New Jersey.
Achieving many work orders whose wall sculptures at the Caisse Nationale du Crédit Agricole, Paris.
He realizes the Medal of electrification Le Mans-Rennes (SNCF) as well as badges and jewelery (C.I.C.F.). Manoli and his wife divorced. The sculptor set up his studio in the former stables of Buffon, Poliveau street, Paris Vth.
Meeting with Britt-Marie Andersson who became his companion and his wife.
The monument commissioned SNCF Tribute to rail, installed in the lobby of the Montparnasse train station.
Manoli carries motorized sculptures with umbrellas structures. During the exhibition the Ministry of the Interior, organized by Iris Clert, the troupe Karin Waehner inspired by these works to one of his choreographies.
The first "sculpturographies", aerosol paint,are exposed to contact with Art-Gallery, Paris.
Manoli and Britt-Marie settle in Ille-et-Vilaine, La Richardais, a small town located on the Rance.
In addition to his studio work, Manoli created numerous monumental works.
Manoli receives the award of the Florence Gould Foundation to XXIV International Prize of Contemporary Art, Monte Carlo.
The sculpture "La Grande Voile" is opened in the renovated hall Montparnasse train station in Paris
“La Fontaine de vie”, fountain sculpture was inaugurated in Chantepie in Ille-et-Vilaine.
Installs in Pacé Mall, a composition of several figures made from transmissions on the theme of the legendary Broceliande. Realization of the first sheep to propellers, Tribute to the Rance tidal power project for Rance.
Realization and implementation of the liturgical furniture St. Corentin Cathedral Quimper.
“Envol” monumental sculpture, is installed at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Rennes. "L’Arbre de la Connaissance" is purchased by the School Brizeux to Quimper.
On February 9, the artist dies in La Richardais. On 8 September, opening of the Museum and Sculpture Garden MANOLI in La Richardais (Ille-et-Vilaine).
The Manoli museum has been featured in local and regional news.
We are always willing to give interviews or press visits to journalists through the year.
Agendeou : le site d'information Côte d'Emeraude http://www.agendaou.fr/
Alain Bailhache - Peintre de la Marine http://www.bailhache.org/
Art en Bretagne Aujourd'hui http://artsbretagneaujourdhui.fr/
Association ADEL http://www.loisirsbretagne35.com/
Association des Amis de la Tour du Vent
Association Pierre MANOLi
Banque Populaire de l'Ouest http://www.ouest.banquepopulaire.fr/portailinternet/Pages/default.aspx
Comité Départemental du tourisme http://www.bretagne35.com/
Comité Régional du Tourisme http://www.tourismebretagne.com/
Communauté de communes de la Côte d'Emeraude http://www.cote-emeraude.fr/
Commune de La Richardais http://www.ville-larichardais.fr/
Conseil Départemental d'Ille-et-Vilaine http://www.ille-et-vilaine.fr/fr
Francis Gamichon http://www.gamichon.fr/
Gîtes de France Haute Bretagne - Gîtes, Chambres d'hôtes et Gîtes de Groupes
Haute Bretagne Loisirs http://www.leguidedesloisirs.fr/
Le Domaine de Montmarin http://www.domaine-du-montmarin.com/
Le Pays Malouin http://www.lepaysmalouin.fr/
Le Télégramme http://www.letelegramme.fr/
Les Croisières Chateaubriand http://www.chateaubriand.com/
Magasin Leroy-Merlin Pleurtuit-Dinard http://www.leroymerlin.fr/dinard
Musée de la Danse http://www.museedeladanse.org/fr
Office de Tourisme de Dinan http://www.dinan-tourisme.com/
Office de Tourisme de Dinard http://www.dinardtourisme.com/
Office de tourisme de Saint-Lunaire http://www.saint-lunaire.com/
Office de tourisme de Saint-Malo http://www.saint-malo-tourisme.com/
Pays de Saint-Malo - Leader http://www.pays-stmalo.fr/leader-C50.html
Thermes Marins Saint-Malo http://www.thalassotherapie.com/
Voyage Sncf http://www.voyages-sncf.com/
Support the Manoli museum is to engage in a future project. Thanks to the sponsorship, your company enjoys both significiant benefits in tax matters and an original communication with your partners, your customers and your employees.