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17 January, 2022
 
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'Clothes of the Soul' at the Leventis Municipal Museum

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it offers the opportunity for the public to get to know the tradition of Cyprus and Greece in general, but this time through the eyes of contemporary art

The Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia presents the art exhibition "Clothes of the Soul", which is under the auspices of the Historical and Ethnological Society of Greece - National Historical Museum. This is both an exhibition-tribute to the celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the Greek Revolution, as well as to Greek history and our tradition in our country.

One of the main goals of the Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia has been to highlight the history of the city and the island through the organization of thematic exhibitions. The exhibition "Clothes of the Soul" achieves exactly this purpose: it offers the opportunity for the public to get to know the tradition of Cyprus and Greece in general, but this time through the eyes of contemporary art. The approach of the past in light of an original and imposing visual effect will surely attract the interest of every visitor, regardless of age and cognitive background.

As part of the temporary exhibition, "Clothes of the Soul" is an exhibit of invaluable traditional costumes (Greek and Cypriot from the Folklore Collection of the National History Museum) that have emerged after decades in storage. They are worn by people of today and photographed by Vangelis Kyris. They then come in contact with the embroidery art of Anatoli Georgiev, who stitches symbols of faith and protection on aprons, shorts, dolamas, vermicelli and sigunia.  They are intricate shapes drawn from nature in clothes that "speak" of love, power, wealth, soul and history itself.

To achieve the project, 100 people were photographed for more than a year, while the embroidery process took about two and a half years. The two creators unite their sensitivity and love for art and present us with a single result of high aesthetics.

The exhibition also includes 12 Cypriot costumes, which were donated by the Patriotic Association of Cypriots in Athens to the National History Museum in 1901, after an exhibition organized at the Zappeion Megaron. The Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia warmly welcomes these 12 Cypriot costumes, which after 120 years return to their homeland, this time carrying all the historical, psychological and emotional thread that was weaved upon them, that embodied them, ultimately becoming an heirloom.

The exhibition was curated by Erica Vassiliou, while the general coordination was by the Director of the Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia, Dimitra Theodotou Anagnostopoulou and the Deputy Director, Jenny Lymperopoulou Savvidou.

During the exhibition, there will be physical and online tours, presentations and educational programs.

Info
Opening Tuesday 30 November 2021

Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia: Temporary Exhibition Hall
Hippocrates 15-17, Laiki Geitonia, 1011 Nicosia

Opening hours: Wed.-Sun. 10.00-16.30

Exhibition Duration until April 3, 2022

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