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Curating and collecting: a reciprocal relation

This evening a lecture on Curating and Collecting: a Reciprocal Relation will be delivered in the context of the visual arts exhibition entitled Rooms to Contemplate: Content and Perspective of a Collection curated by Dr Savvas Christodoulides. The exhibition presents artworks from the largest private collection in Cyprus and will take place in the Andreas Parsalides Hall at the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation.

The lecture questions numerous aspects such as the relation between curating an exhibition and collecting, whether or not a curatorial proposal constitutes in a way an ephemeral collection of private and public character does and vice versa and also whether or not a collection of artworks or books equal a unique and curated group of objects.

It looks at this relation of reciprocity between the curator’s task and the collector’s work, bringing out their common features. Drawing on the example of The Magic Circle exhibition in 2012, the speaker investigates how a temporary and imaginary collection of works and objects functions as identity, as metaphor and as pedagogical tool and eventually as an alternative proposal of narrating contemporary Greek art. Deep down, both curating and collecting are processing ways to achieve the survival of images.

The lecture will be given by Christophoros Marinos who is an art historian and the curator of the exhibitions. Marinos has overseen the publication entitled Possibilities: Interviews with young Greek artists, and The task of curating. In the course of the last decade he has curated several exhibitions, including Epigrams at the Nitra Gallery in Athens.

Curating and Collecting: A Reciprocal Relation
Lecture with art historian Christophoros Marinos. July 5. Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, Nicosia. 7.30pm. Free. In Greek. Tel: 22-128157

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