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20 years of Umbrellas in Thessaloniki18.05.2017

18 May 2017, International Museums Day

In 2017 the Umbrellas count 20 years of presence in the public space of Thessaloniki and the citizens' love for the sculpture has established in oral speech the title "Umbrellas of Thessaloniki".

George Zongolopoulos exhibited the Umbrellas for the first time in 1995 on the celebration of the Venice Biennale centenary. The sculpture was mounted on a floating platform at the entrance of the exhibition and received remarkable publicity internationally. Zongolopoulos felt particularly honored with the installation of the Umbrellas in Thessaloniki in 1997, the year that the city was the European Capital of Culture, without being able to imagine - at his 96 years of age - that this sculpture would be an important reference point for the public space of Greece.

The sculpture that lives in Thessaloniki's Seafront, actively participates in the everyday life of both citizens and city visitors either through the enjoyment that a piece of art offers, or by informing and sensitizing citizens about various social actions and campaigns that take place in the city from time to time.