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Contemporary Design from Cyprus November 1, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Arts Exhibitions Cyprus, Hellenic Light Europe.
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The Flip Side of Tradition is an exhibition of contemporary design from Cyprus.

It brings together for the first time in Helsinki seven artists from Cyprus producing original creations in traditional art forms with a modern twist. It is expected that the exhibition will arouse keen interest among the Finnish public, as the materials used by the Cypriot artists are also very popular in Finnish art.

A hundred exhibits will familiarize the visitors with the richness of inspiration and artistic craftsmanship of Gabriella Kokias (jewellery), Stacie Tzortzis (pottery), Lara Alphas (illustrations, drawings), Kalliopi Taliadorou (iconography), Stavros Kofteros (glassblowing), George Spyrou (woodcarving), and Simon Simakis (woodturning).

The inspiration for the title of the exhibition “The Flip Side of Tradition” came from the vinyl music culture of the 50s and the 60s, which arouses powerful nostalgic emotions in the baby boom generation and vibrant new interest among younger people. The very definition of the phrase “flip side” is “…an opposite, reverse, or sharply contrasted side or aspect of something”. In music it is “the reverse and usually less popular side of a vinyl record”.

The title of the exhibition stresses the connection of contemporary design from Cyprus with the huge impact of tradition in Cypriot society.

THE FLIP SIDE OF TRADITION – Contemporary Design from Cyprus >
Design Forum Finland, Basement, Erottajankatu 7, Helsinki. Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10-19, Sat 10-18, Sun 12-18. Free entrance, exhibition info +358 (0)9 6220 8132.

Related Links > www.designforum.fi

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