THE NIKOS SOFIALAKIS CENTER OF NEOCLASSICAL SCULPTURE

FOREWORD


These words told me that the sculptor’s place of inspiration and creativity must not be lost, but also that his creations, which we possess in our family’s private collection, must be set in the place wherein they came to life. It is thus that our family decided to construct this contemporary edifice on the very site where the atelier of our father, N. Sofialakis, had stood, to preserve his work and to provide the lovers and students of Art with the opportunity to study his work and to appreciate art in general during their visit.



The Nikos Sofialakis Center of Neoclassical Sculpture aspires to be worthy of his work but also of his conviction that “every piece of marble holds within it a work of art that waits upon the sculptor who will release it”.



President
        

Georgios P. Chraniotis

A few words from the President

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While studying the archives of Nikos Sofialakis I discovered, amid the myriad letters, cards and telegrams, a single postcard that drew my attention.  It had been posted from Antibes, France, on the 26th of November, 1954, and read*: 





“My dear friend,


Your letter and the brilliant pictures were a great joy. I am pleased that you press on, with Cretan words and Cretan determination.  May the God of Crete with the mighty hands be with you always.

I wish to be able to cross the threshold of your atelier,

and to give the ram’s bell a ring.



          So long,
          Nikos Kazantzakis”

 

 

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* This card is N. Kazantzakis’ reply to the letter N. Sofialakis had sent to him with pictures of his latest works, posted on October 25th 1954.



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