Dimitri Hadzi

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Dimitri Hadzi
Prospect House Garden, Centaur by Dimitri Hadzi (1954).jpg
Centaur (1954) in the garden of Prospect House in Princeton, New Jersey.
Born(1921-03-21)March 21, 1921
New York City
DiedApril 16, 2006(2006-04-16) (aged 85)
Alma materCooper Union
Known forAbstract monumental sculpture
Notable work
Twin Gates
River Legend
StyleAbstract modernist
Spouse(s)Martha Leeb (divorced)
Cynthia Hoyle von Thüna (1985)
Awards1957 Guggenheim Fellow
1962 Venice Biennale
1974 Rome Prize
Elected1990 National Academy of Design, Associate member
1994 National Academy of Design, full Academician

Dimitri Hadzi (March 21, 1921 – April 16, 2006)[1] was an American abstract sculptor who lived and worked in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and also taught at Harvard University for over a decade.


Hadzi was born to Greek-American immigrant parents in Greenwich Village, New York City on March 21, 1921.[2] As a child, he attended a Greek after-school program, where he learned language, mythology, history, and theater. He also won a prize for drawing. After graduating from Brooklyn Technical High School, he worked as a chemist, while continuing his studies in chemistry by night.

In 1942, he signed up for the Army Air Force, serving in the South Pacific region while continuing to draw in his spare time.[3] After his service, he returned to New York to study painting and sculpture at Cooper Union.

Hadzi taught studio arts at Harvard University, from 1975 to 1989.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He married Martha Leeb, but later divorced. In June 1985, he married Cynthia von Thuna.[5]



Removal of artworks[edit]

A centerpiece sculptural fountain (1983). Waterfall had been shut off by the time of this 2012 photo, and the artwork was demolished within a few years.

Some of Hadzi's public artworks have been removed since his death, as noted above. In addition to the named works, a 60-foot (18 m) high sculptural fountain designed by him was completely demolished and removed circa 2014, despite protests by his widow and other commentators.[11] The artwork was the centerpiece of Boston's Copley Place indoor shopping mall, and was composed of multiple abstract granite and travertine marble shapes, with a waterfall cascading down it into a shallow pool at the bottom, surrounded by marble benches.[11] As of 2017, the fountain had been completely removed, and the location and status of its components were unknown to the general public.[needs update]


  1. ^ Dimitri Hadzi, 85, Sculptor and Art Professor, Is Dead
  2. ^ a b Fox, Margalit (1 May 2006). "Dimitri Hadzi, 85, Sculptor and Art Professor, Is Dead". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-07-21.
  3. ^ "Dimitri Hadzi - Biography". Rogallery.com. Retrieved 2013-11-07.
  4. ^ "Dimitri Hadzi". Harvard Gazette. Harvard University. 11 June 2009. Retrieved 2017-07-21.
  5. ^ Gewertz, Ken (4 May 2006). "Renowned sculptor Dimitri Hadzi of VES dies at 85". Harvard Gazette. Harvard University. Retrieved 2017-07-21.
  6. ^ Edgers, Geoff (November 11, 2013). "Hadzi sculpture in Harvard Square to get fixed, then moved". Boston Globe. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  7. ^ "Collection Search - Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden | Smithsonian". Hirshhorn.si.edu. 2010-12-07. Retrieved 2013-11-07.
  8. ^ Faulk, Kent (July 17, 2014). "Art or security threat? U.S. House of Representatives votes against re-installing Birmingham federal courthouse sculpture". The Birmingham News. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
  9. ^ "Empire State Plaza Art Collection".
  10. ^ "Dimitri Hadzi - John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation". Gf.org. Archived from the original on 2013-10-03. Retrieved 2013-11-07.
  11. ^ a b Weigel, Margaret. "Fuse Commentary: To Stay or Not to Stay? Copley Place's fountain faces an uphill battle". The Arts Fuse. artsfuse.org. Retrieved 2017-07-20.

External links[edit]

Official website