Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts is hosting the 53 exhibitions of 33 artists from different countries such as Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Gagauzia and Russia for art lovers to enjoy in five different exhibition halls.
According to the press release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations of Near East University, the opening and award ceremony of the exhibition was held at Irfan Günsel Congress Centre to which Founding Rector of University of Kyrenia, Assist. Prof. Dr. Cemre Günsel Haskasap; Vice Rector of Near east University, Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlıdağ; academicians and artists attended. Subsequent to the opening and award ceremony, the exhibitions at the exhibition halls in the Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Communication, Faculty of Dentistry and Near East University Hospital were visited.
Prof. Dr. Şanlıdağ: “During this crisis, culture and art continue to be one of the biggest unifying and healing powers before the public!”
Making the opening speech of the exhibition, Vice Rector of near East University Prof. Dr .Tamer Şanlıdağ expressed that the societies were going through extraordinary days because of the coronavirus that the World Health Organization declared as a pandemic. He added that while people all over the world are trying to adapt to the sudden change in life and work styles, they are also trying to predict how this will affect us all in the long run.
Prof. Dr. Şanlıdağ said: “During this crisis at the global level, culture and arts continue to be one of the biggest unifying and healing powers before the public. In fact, people need art more than ever in such difficult times. Therefore, as UNESCO emphasizes, it is necessary for us all to support the artists and cultural institutions that bring us together and nurture inspiration and hope, while keeping cultural life alive in these times; times when billions of people are physically separated from each other and are encountering great worries and distress. In order to inform the next generations what had happened in these difficult times, it is an important responsibility to write what is happening, to reflect this period on canvas, or on paper as poetry, novels and compositions and thus, into art. We must note that times of difficult conditions also offer very productive environments for art since people are filled with intense emotions during these periods. People`s lives are unusual and interesting. They encounter people with unexpected cases. They deal with the mysterious and integrative sides of life as much as they are difficult. When feelings turn into art in this intensity of emotion, wonderful things emerge. Today, we are together to experience this wonder. We will have the opportunity to enjoy a total of 53 Personal Painting and Sculpture Exhibitions specially prepared for the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts by 33 artists from Azerbaijan, Gagauzia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Russia and Tajikistan. On this occasion, I congratulate those who contributed to the preparation of the exhibitions and express much gratitude and respect to all.”
Silver Key Award and Dogdurbek Honour Award were presented
Following the opening speeches made, Silver Key Award and Dogdurbek Honour Awards were presented to the 33 artists whose exhibitions were opened that day by Founding Rector of University of Kyrenia, Assist. Prof. Dr. Cemre Günsel Haskasap, and Vice Rector of Near east University, Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlıdağ. The exhibitions exhibited in five different exhibition halls were visited. Up to now, Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts has hosted 348 exhibitions and currently holds more than 10 thousand art pieces.
It was announced that the exhibitions were available to visit until 10th July 2020 during 08:00-16:00 at exhibition halls of Irfan Günsel Congress Centre, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Communication, Faculty of Dentistry and Near East University Hospital.