A. G. Leventis Gallery, Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens
On 15 March 2012 the innovative presentation of the Thanos N.Zintilis Collection of Cypriot Antiquities opened its doors to the public in the new, thoroughly refurbished A. G. Leventis Gallery on the third floor of the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens. Complemented by their contemporary installation and featuring recent advances in museological approach, the 550 artefacts on display illustrate significant aspects of ancient Cypriot life and art. Visitors are invited to discover Cypriot ceramics, glass vessels, figurines and jewellery; cabinets with sloping surfaces display metal artefacts, coins, seals and writing implements, enhanced by touch screens displaying a wealth of textual and illustrative material. Two interactive surfaces recount the island’s history from prehistoric times to the Late Roman period and illustrate Cyprus’ interrelations with the outside world by showing the virtual voyages of ancient merchant ships travelling the Mediterranean. By promoting Cypriot art and archaeology, the new A. G. Leventis Gallery will further contribute to the understanding of Cyprus’ pivotal position in the ancient Eastern Mediterranean.
Louvre Museum, Paris – Exhibition: Cyprus Between Byzantium and the West, 4th-16th Centuries
Held at the Louvre Museum in Paris from 28 October 2012 to 28 January 2013, supported by the A. G. Leventis Foundation, this exhibition traces the remarkable artistic history of Cyprus from the 4th century AD to the Turkish conquest of the island in 1571. Visitors are invited to explore each of the major periods in the chequered history of medieval Cyprus; in turn Byzantine, Latin, Gothic and Venetian, but influenced thoroughly by a strong Byzantine heritage. The exhibition brought together for the first time artworks from around ten Cypriot museums and from the collections of the Diocese of Nicosia, along with several others. It also includes major loans from the public collections of France, Italy, the United States, Hungary and the United Kingdom. The Louvre’s Department of Sculptures complemented the display with a special feature on French archaeologist and art historian Camille Enlart (1862-1927) and his seminal contribution to the study of the art of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance in Cyprus.
Hellenic Foundation for Culture, Berlin – Exhibition: Olympia: Myth – Cult – Games in Antiquity
The exhibition Olympia: Myth – Cult – Games in Antiquity was initiated by the Hellenic Foundation for Culture in Berlin and the Greek Ministry of Culture. Held from 31 August 2012 to 7 January 2013, it was organised by the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin, with the support of the German Archaeological Institute and the Antiquities Collection of the Berlin State Museums. Τhis unique exhibition, generously supported by the A. G. Leventis Foundation, brought together over 500 objects from major museums of Greece, such as the Archaeological Museum in Olympia, and the National Archaeological Museum and the Numismatic Museum in Athens, while also including exhibits from the Louvre Museum and the Vatican. The exhibition highlighted the history of the ancient Olympic Games and their importance to the history of culture and sports. Marble sculptures, bronze statuettes, gold jewellery, helmets and shields, and valuable offerings to Zeus speak of the impact of Olympia and the Games on European culture.
The A. G. Leventis Gallery of Ancient Cyprus – British Museum, London
The A. G. Leventis Gallery of Ancient Cyprus at the British Museum in London has been reorganised and renovated with the support of the A. G. Leventis Foundation. Its reopening in 2012 was planned to mark Cyprus’ Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The original display, created more than 25 years ago, has been updated in line with modern scholarship. New texts have been created to present our current understanding of the island’s history, conforming to modern standards of interpretation and access. Large graphic panels evoke the geography, landscape and archaeological sites of Cyprus. Three key elements of the new display are: the creation of an explicit chronological sequence telling the story of Cyprus from 10,000 BC to AD 395; the redisplay of the sculpture illustrating the development of the human form; and the creation of a contextual display on the famous Sanctuary of Apollo-Reshef at Dali (ancient Idalion). The gallery renovation has also enabled the display of important items of sculpture from Dali that have previously been held in storage.