Cyprus to hold exhibition in Louvre Museum during its EU presidency
Nicosia, Apr 28 – Cyprus and France have decided to organize an exhibition of Cypriot antiquities at the Louvre Museum during Cyprus’ rotating presidency of the EU in the second half of 2012.
The decision was made during a meeting on April 28, between Communications and Works Minister Erato Kozako Markoulli and the Director-General of Louvre Museum Henri Loyrette.
The meeting included Head of the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture Pavlos Paraskeva and Head of the Secretariat of the Cyprus EU Presidency Andreas Moleskis.
In her remarks, Mrs. Markoulli described the meeting as “very constructive,” noting that they decided to launch a very close cooperation between the Republic of Cyprus and the Museum that will culminate with the exhibition that will be held in the second term of 2012.
The theme of the exhibition will be decided by June, she said, and for this reason, a committee has been set up between the Ministry and the Museum, the members of which will begin discussions on the contents of the exhibition.
“We are very happy about this collaboration and look forward to developing our relations with the Louvre Museum, through Cyprus’ excellent relations with France which we want to enhance even further,” she said.
Speaking through an interpreter, Mr. Loyrette said that Cyprus is very important for France, not just for the antiquities aspect but because French President Nicolas Sarkozy has decided to create a department of Byzantine Art in the Louvre, in which Cyprus will have its own section.
“We have decided to initiate a cooperation that will be enhanced during the year, with various events,” he added.
Mrs. Markoulli said the exhibition will be the epicenter of promoting Cyprus’ culture during its presidency. She also said that antiquities will be transferred to Paris for exhibition purposes but was not in a position to say exactly what will be on display as the theme has not yet been decided.
The exhibition will run from October 2012 until January 2013.