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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.

 

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OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

 

MONCOMBLE, René (Président)

WASSERMAN, Françoise (Vice-Présidente)

CARESMEL, Alain (Secrétaire)

SIMONET, Jean-Yves (Trésorier)

 

CONTIN, Pierre (Municipalité de La Richardais)

AUFFRET, Maryvonne (Municipalité de La Richardais)

 

CAMEAU, Martine

COSSE-LEGRAND, Corinne

FRETEL, Jacques

GAMICHON, Francis

GIDONI, Francis (Président d'honneur)

GODARD, Jean-Pierre

JAUNASSE, Laurent

LETIEMBRE, Isabelle

MANOLI, Anne

MANOLI, Britt

RUAUDEL, Pierrick

WUJEK-MANOLI, Sylvie

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.

 

To assemble

‘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.

BIOGRAPHy

 

 

EGYPT

 

1927

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.

1937

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.

1947

Manoli enrolled in the Acadamy of Fine Art in Cairo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARTISTIC STUDIES IN FRANCE

 

 

1950

On completion of his studies in Cairo, Manoli left Egypt to settle in France.further his studies Manoli leaves Egypt to settle in France..

1951

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.

1955

MANOLI was married to Jacqueline Renaut and had two children Sylvie and Anne

1956

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.

 

PARIS period

 

1958

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.

1959

Manoli participated with his mobile sculptures at the first Biennale of Paris and the salon of the young sculpter.

1962

Manoli took part in the international seminar of the University of Farleigh Dickenson in New Jersey.

1964

Achieving many work orders whose wall sculptures at the Caisse Nationale du Crédit Agricole, Paris.

1965

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.

1967

Meeting with Britt-Marie Andersson who became his companion and his wife.

1970

The monument commissioned SNCF Tribute to rail, installed in the lobby of the Montparnasse train station.

1971

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.

1973

The first "sculpturographies", aerosol paint,are exposed to contact with Art-Gallery, Paris.

 

BRITTANY

 

1975

Manoli and Britt-Marie settle in Ille-et-Vilaine, La Richardais, a small town located on the Rance.

1976-89

In addition to his studio work, Manoli created numerous monumental works.

1990

Manoli receives the award of the Florence Gould Foundation to XXIV International Prize of Contemporary Art, Monte Carlo.

1992

The sculpture "La Grande Voile" is opened in the renovated hall Montparnasse train station in Paris

1995

“La Fontaine de vie”, fountain sculpture was inaugurated in Chantepie in Ille-et-Vilaine.

1996

 

1996

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.

1999

Realization and implementation of the liturgical furniture St. Corentin Cathedral Quimper.

2000

“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.

2001

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).

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