Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Leventis Art Gallery

The Leventis Art Gallery (also known as the A.G. Leventis Gallery) is located in the city of Nicosia, within the Nicosia district of Cyprus.

This art gallery houses over 800 works of art, particularly Western European, Greek, and Cypriot artworks, and it's considered the largest private collection of European Art in Cyprus.

The Leventis Art Gallery is fairly new to Cyprus, since it opened to the public in March 2014.  The gallery is dedicated to Anastasios G. Leventis (1902-1978), due to his desire to have a public gallery in Cyprus in order to share his private art collection.

This gallery is divided into four main sections, which include the Cyprus Collection, Paris Collection, Greek Collection, and Temporary Exhibition Hall.

On the ground floor, the Cyprus Collection features more modern works of art by Cypriots, specifically from 1900 until 1960.  Some of these artists are Victor Ioannides, Telemachos Kanthos, etc.

According to a sign at the gallery, "The A.G. Leventis Foundation began to collect Cypriot art only very recently.  This Collection focuses on the works of the first generation of Cypriot artists, as well as some pieces by artists of the second generation who followed a related stylistic approach and explored similar themes as their predecessors....  The artworks in the Collection date from the early 20th century onwards and capture the first essential steps of Cypriot modern art."

Also on the ground floor, the Temporary Exhibition Hall currently hosts the Representations and Interpretation: The Pioneers of Cypriot Art, from May 17, 2014 until October 6, 2014.


On the first floor, the Paris Collection displays artworks from the 17th to 20th centuries, particularly Western European paintings.  Some of the featured artists in the Paris Collection include El Greco, Rococo, Boucher, Fragonard, Boudin, Monet, Renoir, Chagall, etc.  Claude Monet's oil on canvas is titled The Seine at Jeufosse near Vernon from 1884.

According to a sign at the gallery, "Anastasios G. Leventis acquired in the 1950s, 1960s, and early 1970s what is today the Foundation's Collection of European Art.  Named 'the Paris Collection' after the Parisian apartment where it was housed for well over half a century....  The first gallery is dedicated to the Old Masters and academic art....  Evoking the unique ambiance of the collector's home, the presentation includes a wood-panelled room - transported from the apartment and re-erected in the Gallery space - as well as a wealth of period furniture and objets d'art, which form an integral part of the [Paris] Collection."

According to another sign, "The second gallery of the Paris Collection illustrates the journey from Impressionism to the early days of Modernism."

On the second floor, the Greek Collection includes over 260 oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, and prints by 19th and 20th century Greek artists.   Some of the artists include Spyridon Scarvelli, Bassos Germenis, Theodoros Vryzakis, Nikolaos Gyzis, Georgios Iakovidis, Nikolaos Xydias,Theodoros Rallis, Pericles Pantazis, Konstantinos Volanakis, Ioannis Altamouras, etc.

According to a sign at the gallery, "The early core of the [Greek] Collection was formed of the artworks--oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, and prints--acquired by Anastasios G. Leventis in 1973 from Evangelos Averoff-Tossizza....  Following the acquistions made in the 1990s and 2000s, the Greek Collection today numbers upwards of 260 works...." 

Throughout the Greek and Paris Collections, there are hidden artworks displayed behind panels (due to the need for minimal light exposure) that are accessible by pressing nearby buttons.

And it's considered a modern art gallery with interactive informational screens on display throughout the artworks, as well as audiovisual resources available. 

On the premises, there's a café and restaurant, as well as a souvenir shop, on the ground floor.

The Leventis Art Gallery has an official video posted on YouTube, which is included below.

The Leventis Art Gallery is highly recommended for all ages, particularly locals, since art galleries are fairly unique for the island of Cyprus.

Site: Leventis Art Gallery. 

Category: Museum. 

Location: Leonidou Street in the city of Nicosia, within the Nicosia district of Cyprus. 

Phone Number: 22668838 and 22667277. 

Operating Hours: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM on Wednesday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Thursday to Monday, and closed on Tuesday.

Entrance Fee: €2,00. 

Date of Visit: 2014.

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