The permanent collection of the Loukia & Michael Zampelas Art Museum revives artistic practices of the late 19th century to present day, with a great focus on the art and culture of Cyprus through the works of renowned Cypriot artists.
The collection of Zampelas family began in 1966 with The Cart painted by Greek artist Dimitris Anthis. The creation of the Museum in 2012, implemented a lifelong vision aiming at the acquisition and promotion of Cypriot art both locally and internationally.
As part of the 50th anniversary celebration, parallel exhibitions and events will take place until July 29, 2016.
The Museum gallery presents a collective exhibition of paintings and sculptures under the title Motherhood. Cypriot artists, with the exception of the Greek painter George Gounaropoulos, depict the important symbol of motherhood by portraying pregnancy, breastfeeding, the relationship between mother and daughter and finally the figure of the Cypriot mother.
"In each of the works displayed I identified myself with the motherly figure depicted," says the co-founder of the Museum, Mrs Loukia Zampelas.
The Cypriot artists included embody some of the pioneers of Cypriot art as well as active contemporary artists.
A parallel exhibition entitled Successive Compositions exhibits works by artists based on a parent-child relationship. Displayed in duets, the works create a dialogue through comparison. The exhibition attempts to demonstrate the way a parent-artist impacts their offspring and their ability to express themselves as individuals through their own visual language.
Nitsa Hadjigeorgiou - Myrto Makridou
Nikos - Paul Kouroussis
Stass - Margaret Paraskos
Tassos and Katy - Panos Stephanidis
Niki Marangos - Katerina Attalidou
The permanent collection distinguishes itself through its diversity of media, ranging from cementographies by Christoforos Savva, Glyn Hughes’s batique, the three-dimensional composition of found objects by Stass Paraskos, the naive folk representations of Michael Chr. Kassialos, engravings by Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali among others. Moreover, Theodoros Rallis, Alexandros Alexandrakis and Constantinos Volanakis represent Neoclassicism and Realism of the 19th century respectively.
The Loukia & Michael Zampelas Art Museum is located outside the walls of Nicosia, in Kaimakli. Part of the collection is housed in a modern architectural building by Athos Dikaios and his associates, combining modern and traditional Cypriot architecture which is still present in the area. The bridge in between, part of the new building of 2012, highlights the remarkable site of the Museum that overlooks the mountain of Pentadaktylos.
The exhibition will be inaugurated by the Mayor of Nicosia, Mr Konstantinos Yiorkadjis on the International Museum Day, Wednesday May 18 2016 at 20:00.
Condensed Museum admission fee from 19 May to 29 July, 4 euros.
Monday - Thursday: 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 19:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00