Online Exhibition "Art of Ancient Cyprus"
The proximity to three parts of the world at once - Africa, Asia and Europe - has an amazing effect on the culture of Cyprus. Having absorbed the features inherent in the culture of the Mediterranean states, Cypriot art, nevertheless, remained unique and distinctive.At the exhibition in the Pushkin Museum, for the first time, they saw the light of treasures telling about the art of Ancient Cyprus. The exposition is represented by exhibits from the private collections of the archaeologist Alexei Uvarov, orientalist Vladimir Golenishchev and the first Soviet ambassador to Cyprus Pavel Yermoshin. Most of the exhibition is occupied by items exported from Berlin after the Great Patriotic War. This part of the collection was badly damaged and required many years of reproduction. Some of the exhibits had to be collected and glued piece by piece, some could not be restored, and one has to judge about them only by the wreckage.
The exhibition has been in preparation since 2002; more than nine hundred exhibits are presented there. The exposition is located in the Greek hall on a separate pedestal. Museum staff say that this way they emphasize the kinship of ancient Greek culture, but at the same time isolation from it. These objects do not look like ancient times familiar to us, there is no blind and cold beauty of antiquity, instead of them warmth and liveliness, transmitted even in stone. Many exhibits are located not in showcases, but on open pedestals, so that visitors can feel the texture of the material, better see it, and feel the special spirit of the original culture of Cyprus. The collection will be included in the permanent exposition of the museum, but for now you can get acquainted with it virtually by taking a walk through the halls of the museum.