OPENING OF CYPRUS EXHIBITION IN LONDON

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Cyprus Art Exhibition at the

Greek Cypriot Brotherhood

 Centre, London

 

 

 

His Eminence Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Britain opened the Art exhibition on Cyprus titled ‘Freedom and Democracy’ at the Centre on 5th March 2018 after a reception with Greek Cypriot wines and Greek Cypriot sweets and pastries (kindly donated by Aroma Patisserie).   The exhibition was organised by Petros Constantinou, a collector of Greek art and a passionate believer in the struggle to liberate Cyprus through peaceful means, one of which is art.

Archbishop Gregorios spoke to an audience of about forty Greek Cypriots mainly about the importance of art in our lives and about the Cyprus people and how we must believe in our future as an Orthodox Community and as a Nation of Greeks. His speech was greatly appreciated and applauded by the audience, who the Archbishop met and talked to individually before and after his speech.

Petros Constantinou welcomed the guests with an initial speech on the importance of art in Freedom and Democracy. He stressed that the struggle of Cyprus to remain independent, to be free of occupation and to return to occupied lands and homes, never dies.  He also stressed that the people of Cyprus who live on an island encircled by Turkey and under siege from all directions like the old Messolonghites are heroes.

The exhibition features works of art by Vasilis Zenetzis (1935 – 2016) depicting important landscapes and locations such as Petra tou Romiou, Paphos Limanaki, the Old Archbishop Palace, Agios Yiannis Cathedral  and Agios Kassianos Church in Nicosia and images of Kyrenia before the invasion of 1974.

Another featured artist is Antonis Andreadis (1948 – 2007) whose depictions of Cypriot people doing traditional chores such as baking bread, making noodles, making pottery, attracted the admiration of many viewers at the exhibition.  These paintings can be seen in the photo below of the Archbishop addressing the audience.

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Archbishop Gregorios, Andreas Karaolis and Petros Constantinou admiring the ‘New Archbishop Palace’ in Nicosia by Vasilis Zenetzis

 

Andreas Chrysochos (1929- ) a senior Greek Cypriot artist also features in the exhibition with two works of art.

The exhibition is open daily between 11:00-2:00 pm and by appointment until the 6th of April.

 

Peter Constant