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Outdoor exhibition «Η Ιστορία έχει πρόσωπο» in Cyprus

Nicosia - Limassol, April - December 2021

Two special exhibitions memorialising the heroes of 1821 - part of a series of events celebrating 200 years since the Greek Revolution are organised in Nicosia and Limassol by the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, in association with the Sylvia Ioannou Foundation and the corresponding municipalities.

The exhibitions present 22 portraits of some of the 320 exceptional individuals depicted by Benjamin Mary (1792-1846), a Belgian diplomat in Greece.

«Η Ιστορία έχει πρόσωπο» at Nicosia
Outdoor exhibition will be held at the historical centre of old Nicosia (Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, Faneromeni, Ledra and Onasagoras Street, Eleftheria Square) from 15 April to 31 December 2021.

Digital exhibition: 31 March to 31 December 2021 at the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation

«Η Ιστορία έχει πρόσωπο» at Limassol
Outdoor exhibition will be held at Limassol (Coastal Road, from St Catherine (Fragkokklesia) to the Marina, the Theme Park and the Promenade-Molos) from 19 April to 31 July 2021.

More information about the drawings presented in the exhibition «Η Ιστορία έχει πρόσωπο»

The drawings were made from life, mainly in Athens, between 1839 and 1844. The portraits are being published for the first time, and bring us into contact with well-known and hitherto unknown figures of the Greek Revolution and Ottoman Greece, through the sensitive and penetrating eyes of a European artist.

Fighters, politicians, priests, scholars, philhellenes, everyday people pose patiently for their portrait, and Benjamin Mary manages to capture their expression at a unique moment in history.

Among those portrayed are: Kolokotronis, Nikitaras, Lazaros Koundouriotis, Makriyiannis, Christodoulos Hatzipetrou, George Finlay, Panoutsos Notaras, Theoklitos Pharmakidis, Nikolaos Thisefs, Vasileios Petimesas, Anastasios Mavromichalis, Ilias Salafatinos, Ioannis Kolettis, Ioannis Karatzas, Dimitrios and Costas Botsaris, among many others. More historical data as well as information about the individuals depicted are contained in the publication of the Sylvia Ioannou Foundation and the Historical and Ethnological Society of Greece - National Historical Museum: Η Ιστορία έχει πρόσωπο – Μορφές του 1821 στην Ελλάδα του Όθωνα από τον βέλγο διπλωμάτη Benjamin Mary (Αθήνα, 2020).

The exhibitions are part of a series of events celebrating 200 years since the Greek Revolution of the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation under the rubric ‘Freedom’. Sylvia Ioannou Foundation also participates in this series with the exhibition "Rigas Feraios Charta".

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all indicated safety measures shall apply for the duration of the events.

«Η Ιστορία έχει πρόσωπο» at Nicosia
«Η Ιστορία έχει πρόσωπο» at Nicosia
«Η Ιστορία έχει πρόσωπο» at Nicosia
«Η Ιστορία έχει πρόσωπο» at Nicosia
«Η Ιστορία έχει πρόσωπο» at Nicosia
«Η Ιστορία έχει πρόσωπο» at Nicosia
«Η Ιστορία έχει πρόσωπο» at Nicosia
«Η Ιστορία έχει πρόσωπο» at Nicosia
«Η Ιστορία έχει πρόσωπο» at Limassol
«Η Ιστορία έχει πρόσωπο» at Limassol
«Η Ιστορία έχει πρόσωπο» at Limassol
«Η Ιστορία έχει πρόσωπο» at Limassol

Podcast about the outdoor exhibition

«Μια συζήτηση με αφορμή την υπαίθρια έκθεση προσωπογραφιών για το 1821, που παρουσιάζεται σε Λευκωσία και Λεμεσό»: Episode of the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation's podcast series «Μίλα μου Ιστορικά».

Openings of the exhibitions

Watch here the opening of the exhibition in Nicosia (19 May 2021):

Η Ιστορία έχει πρόσωπο

Εγκαίνια υπαίθριας έκθεσης "Η Ιστορία έχει πρόσωπο" στο ιστορικό κέντρο της παλιάς Λευκωσίας

Posted by Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation on Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Watch here the opening of the exhibition in Limassol (29 May 2021):

LIVE - Η Ιστορία έχει πρόσωπο - Εγκαίνια Λεμεσού

Live από τα εγκαίνια της υπαίθριας έκθεσης "Η Ιστορία έχει πρόσωπο", στη Λεμεσό.

Posted by Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation on Wednesday, May 26, 2021