Cyprus Insula


An exhibition in five acts, on the commemoration of 50 years since the Turkish invasion of Cyprus 

The exhibition Cyprus Insula History-Memory-Reality, captures, in a contemporary and interactive way, life in Cyprus from antiquity to the present day, conveying the unwavering message of the coherent insular character of Cyprus.

The exhibition emphasises the island’s unified cultural character throughout the ages, which combines elements from its rich and multifaceted historical past.

Centered around the triptych Time | Place | People, the content of the exhibition provides the space for associations and narratives to emerge, showcasing historical artefacts and elements of recent times that have contributed to the forging of the uniform Cypriot insular identity. 

In addition, (dis)continuities - sometimes dominating and other times eluding historical memory - that have shaped Cyprus’ historical trajectory are highlighted.

The exhibition incorporates interactive technologies and new media, along with a curated selection of artefacts from the collections of the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, bringing together compelling narratives that resonate with a wide age range. 

Some of the exhibits will be presented for the first time, bringing to the fore lesser-known aspects of Cyprus’s recent history. Featured exhibits include antiquities, contemporary artworks, folk art, archival material, historical maps, rare publications, engravings and digital applications.

Cyprus Insula will be the precursor to the Foundation's new identity, which aims to showcase its rich collections and museums through technologically enhanced imagery and display.

The exhibition will run from June 2024 to June 2025 and will be open daily, from 10.00 to 19.00, at the premises of the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation in the old town of Nicosia.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a special publication as well as parallel actions and events which will be directly related to the exhibition's themes, such as:

  • Round table discussions
  • Lectures
  • Presentations
  • Guided visits
  • Educational programs
  • Specially designed activities based on the Foundation's multi-sensory museum programme "Aisthiseis"(Senses) for vulnerable groups.