By Dominique Miltiadou
THE Leventis Gallery will be inaugurated on Sunday, displaying over 800 objects and works of art collected by Anastasios Leventis.
The towering building in the heart of Nicosia that houses the gallery has been designed by the award-winning architectural firm Feliden Clegg Bradley Studios of the U.K. The building is environmentally friendly and uses geothermal energy for heating and cooling.
The gallery is taking a modern approach to its presentation with a big multi-touch screen available in the lobby providing information about the paintings and where to find them, as well as audiovisual resources which aim to enhance the visitor’s experience and attract younger visitors.
The gallery takes up three floors of the recently completed building. The ground floor is dedicated to ‘The Cyprus Collection’ and includes art from 1900 until Independence in 1960. A section on the ground floor takes up ‘The Temporary Exhibition Hall’ and the first floor is dedicated to ‘The Paris Collection’ with works from the 17th until the 20th centuries. The second floor is dedicated to ‘The Greek Collection’ with works from the 19th and the 20th centuries.
The project has attracted over 100 collaborators from Cyprus and overseas under the supervision of director Loukia Loizou Hadjigavriel.
It has been reported that the establishment of a fine arts museum was in fact a very special wish of Anastasios G. Leventis and the A.G. Leventis foundation launched the project in 2007 to make his wish a reality.
“He envisioned sharing his collections and exhibiting them in his homeland of Cyprus, so that his compatriots could enjoy the art that he loved and collected throughout his lifetime,” said Hadjigavriel.
On Sunday, President Nicos Anastasiades and Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner for education, culture, multilingualism and youth will inaugurate the gallery.
The gallery is located at 5 Leonidou Street, and will be open to the public next Tuesday, March 25.
It will be open daily, except Tuesdays (and public holidays) from 10am to 5pm and on Wednesdays from 10am to 10pm. There is café and restaurant for visitors and a souvenir shop.
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