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News: Exhibition in Cyprus
Artwork by Despo Frederickou.
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by Archaeology Newsroom

A journey into the history of Cyprus

Through artworks by Despo Frederickou

Τhe Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia and The Association of Friends of the Leventis Museum present an exhibition of educational character, entitled “A Journey into the History of Cyprus through artworks by Despo Frederickou”.

Artist and educator Despo Frederickou reshapes the past in images, symbols, allegories and creatively depicted messages that visitors, especially children, are invited to interpret.

Paintings, sculptures and small art-installations, created during the period between 1965-2016, endeavour t otake us on a journey into the long History of Cyprus by means of a retrospective artistic path. The exhibition brings together objects, events and people from the birth of the island to this day. Its thematic unit called “Crisis” touches on current issues regarding the economic, social and environmental crisis, projected through the strong symbolism and personal artistic language of Frederickou.

On an educational level, the thematic of the exhibition serves as an alternative motive for a “journey” into time while at the same time acting as a starting point for exploration into the historical adventures of Cyprus, through the artist’s creative paths.

Special educational programmes, tailor-made for children of Primary Schools, Gymnasiums, Lyceums and Technical Schools are part of the exhibition’s events programme. The programmes will be implemented by the artist in collaboration with the Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia. The exhibition “A Journey into the History of Cyprus through art works by Despo Frederickou” will be hostedat the Museum’s House of Educational Programmes from the 29th of September 2016 until the 5th of November 2016.

The event is held under the auspices of the Minister of Education and Culture, Mr. Costas Kadis.

The exhibition will be inaugurated by Mr. Kadis and Ms. Fotini Papadopoulou, trustee of the A.G. Leventis Foundation, on Thursday the 29th of September 2016, at 19.30 pm, at the Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia, 15-17 Hippocrates, 1500 Str., Laiki Yeitonia, Nicosia.

Exhibition Information: +357 22661475/[email protected]

For Educational Programmes Reservations:

+357 22661475 (ext. 106 & 110) / [email protected]

A few words about Despo Frederickou

Despo Michaelidou-Frederickou was born in Nicosia in 1942. She graduated from the Technical University of Athens and was taught painting by Spyros Vassiliou, Yiannis Tsarouchis, Panayiotis Tetsis and Aginor Asteriades, and figure drawing by George Vakalo. Additionally, she pursued psychology, educational studies and teaching methodologies, taught by Evangelos Papanoutsos. She went on to become an art teacher and worked in primary and secondary schools in Cyprus.

Artworks by Despo Frederickou can be found in private collections in Cyprus and abroad.