The President of the Republic Mr Demetris Christofias will inaugurate on Tuesday 28 September 2010 a unique exhibition, organized by the Republic of Cyprus abroad.
The exhibition entitled “Cyprus: Crossroads of Civilizations” will be on view at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington (photo), one of the biggest and preeminent museums in the world. The exhibition is organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in coordination with the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus in Washington. The aim of the exhibition is the promotion of Cyprus in the United States on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Cyprus and on the occasion of the celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.
The exhibition covers the periods from ancient times to the Venetian period and includes archaeological objects, coins, maps, engravings and byzantine icons. For the organization of the exhibition the Ministry of Foreign Affairs cooperated with various ministries, organisations and the private sector.
The Department of Antiquities, the Cultural Foundation of the Bank of Cyprus, the Pierides-Marfin Bank Museum, the Thalassa Museum of the Municipality of Ayia Napa, the Byzantine Museum of the Archbishop Makarios III Foundation and the Holy Bishopric of Morphou all contributed to the exhibition. The curator of the exhibition is Mr Sophocles Hadjisavvas, former Director of Cyprus Department of Antiquities.
A film related to the exhibits and the archeological sites and the churches from where they originate will be shown at the exhibition. A luxury catalogue has also been published, which includes the items of the exhibition and articles about the various historical periods of Cyprus by distinguished scientists, from Cyprus and abroad. The Cyprus Tourism Organisation has prepared a special brochure for the promotion of Cyprus, which will be available, free of charge, to all the visitors of the exhibition.
In parallel to the exhibition and aiming at a comprehensive presentation of the history and culture of Cyprus, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in coordination with the Smithsonian Institution and other organisations and universities, organises a series of lectures, symposiums and workshops from October 2010 to April 2011. Distinguished scientists from Cyprus, the United States and other countries will deliver lectures on the history and archeology of Cyprus, the mythology and goddess Aphrodite, the wine of Cyprus from antiquity until today and the protection of the cultural heritage.
The exhibition will be open to the public from 29 September and will remain open until the 1st of May 2011.