If you’ve taken a stroll through Chrysaliniotisssa of late, one of the most picturesque areas in old Nicosia, you’ll have no doubt noticed the SPEL building renovations taking place just opposite the landmark Famagusta gate.

The brand new sparkling whitewashed home of the new State Gallery of Contemporary Art – SPEL, will be officially opening its doors this evening (31/01/2019), giving art aficionados the chance to set their sights on the colourful works of Christoforos Savva; one of the most groundbreaking Cypriot artists of the 20th century (1924–1968). The exhibition is entitled ‘Untimely on Time’ and has been curated by Jacopo Crivelli Visconti.

 

Photo: Glyn Hughes Foundation archive

The exhibition is co-organised by the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture, Cultural Services, and Point Centre for Contemporary Art, Nicosia, in conjunction with the participation of Cyprus in the 58th Venice Biennale (May – November 2019), which will be dedicated to Christoforos Savva.

 

 

The current exhibit is being held on the occasion of a double fifty-year anniversary associated with the participation of Christoforos Savva in the first official entry of the Republic of Cyprus in the Venice Biennale in 1968, as well as the subsequent death of the artist in the same year. With more than 90 works on show, you’ll get a real feel of the true diversity of his art, all produced in a relatively short period of time; from figurative 1950s paintings and abstract paintings, to sculptures, experimentation with wire, cement, fabric and more!

The SPEL building itself exemplifies streamlined modernist Cypriot architecture and was once used to store grain. Now taking on a whole new look, it’s set to become a focal point of artistic and cultural life in the capital. Watch this space.

 

Where? State Gallery of Contemporary ART – SPEL, 73 Ammochostou Street, Nicosia. 

‘Untimely on Time’ exhibition: Opens 31st January 2019, 7pm, until 31st March 2019. Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 6pm, Saturday 11am – 8pm (closed on public holidays)

The general public can enjoy presentations, talks and guided tours of the exhibition and new space on Friday February 1st in both English and Greek, with more details to be found on respective facebook page here.

Cover photo: Visit Nicosia