Exhibitions and guided tours
The A.G. Leventis Gallery in Nicosia begins its marking of International Museum Day on Friday with the 6.30pm inauguration of ‘The Cyprus Collection, Representations and Interpretations, The Pioneers of Cyprus Art’. First Lady Andri Anastasiades will open the exhibit.
Entrance to the gallery will be free on Saturday and on Sunday with the venue open from 10am-10pm on both days.
On Saturday there will be a guided tour of the exhibition by Curator of the Cyprus Collection Dr Eleni Nikita.
There will also be a 3pm educational programme for all ages entitled ‘1 Χ 6 A Journey Through the World of the Gallery’.
On Sunday, there will be a guided tour entitled ‘A Journey Through the World of Flowers in the Paris Collection’ at 10.30am by Curator of the Paris Collection, Dr Myrto Hatzaki, followed by a musical programme by the ARTE Musical Academy. ‘Six Sonatas for Two Flutes Op. 1’ by Joseph de Bodin de Boismortier (1689-1755) will be performed on the flute by Anna Paul and Christiana Nicolaidou.
Nikita will give another tour of Representations and Interpretations – The Pioneers of Cypriot Art’ at 11.20am while a tour entitled ‘A Greek Journey’ will take place at 3.30pm, given by collaborator of the A. G. Leventis Gallery and Curator of the National Gallery of Greece, Maria Katsanaki.
A musical programme including voice and percussion interpretations of Greek songs by the ARTE Music Academy will follow.
There will also be another ‘1 x 6 A Journey Through the World of the Gallery’ educational programme at 3pm.
To reserve a place in the guided tours please call Demetra Antonara at 22668838 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Places will be filled on a first come first serve basis.
Museum fans should also keep in mind that a new online guide - not directly connected to the A.G. Leventis Gallery - www.cyprusmuseumguide.com will be up from Sunday on occasion of International Museum Day. Printed copies of the guide will also be distributed on the day.
More interesting happenings
The Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation (86-90, Phaneromenis St., Old Town Nicosia, 22128157) is also joining in International Museum Day celebrations.
An exhibition entitled ‘Cyprus Banknotes: Environment-History-Folk Art’. Their iconography through the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation Collections’ opened on Friday. It is on until June and open Monday- Sunday from 10am-7pm.
On Sunday, there will be guided tours of the Museum of George and Nefeli Giabra Pierides Antiquities Collection at 11am and 4pm, the Museum of the History of Cypriot Coinage at 11.30am and 4.30pm, the ‘Cyprus Banknotes’ exhibition at noon and 5pm and the ‘Cyprus and Geology’ exhibition at 12.30pm and 5.30pm.
There will be treasure hunts for children at 11am and 4pm and craft making activities. These should be booked in advance by calling 22128157.
The fun continues on Sunday as the Cyprus Folk Art Museum (Archbishop Kyprianos Square, next to St John Cathedral, Old Nicosia, 22432578, www.cypriotstudies.org) will host a series of events International Museum Day events throughout the day.
These include presentation of traditional crafts, the Greek-language musical re-telling of a Cypriot fairytale and traditional Cypriot games and Cypriot shadow theatre performances.
An art exhibition entitled ‘Re-Cyprus!’ organised by the Education Ministry’s Secondary Education Department and Frederick University opens at 7pm.
Also from 7pm, there will be a performance of traditional music from Cyprus, Asia Minor and Constantinople by pupils of the Music School of Nicosia-Larnaca under the instruction of Christodoros Mnasonos.
Entrance to the events is free but participation in the workshops should be booked in advance by calling 22432578.
The State Gallery of Cypriot Contemporary Art (corner of Stasinou Ave. & Kritis St., 22458228) and National Struggle Museum (Archbishop Kyprianos Square, Nicosia, 22305878) will tomorrow be hosting events as part of a related but separate Night of the Museums celebration.
The National Struggle Museum will have a guided tour and film screening at 6pm.
The State Gallery will from 7pm host ‘Ten Points of Observation at the State Gallery’, a conversation on selected works in the state collection with researchers Christina Lambrou and Elena Parpa and painter and art educator Polys Peslikas.
There will also be an 8.30pm concert featuring Monsieur Doumani and cocktail reception in the gallery’s gardens.