Turin's Musei Reali highlight history of Cyprus

Turin show has loans from around the world

01 July, 14:36

    (ANSAmed) - TURIN, 01 LUG - The fascinating history of Cyprus, the island in the heart of the Mediterranean and a bridge between the East and the West, is featured in a new international exhibition at Turin's Musei Reali that opened June 29 and will run through January 9.

    The exhibition, titled "Cyprus: Crossroads of Civilizations", takes place in the museum's Sale Chiablese and was created in collaboration with the University of Turin, and sponsored by the City of Turin and the Region of Piedmont and the support of the CRT Foundation, Reale Mutua, Giubileo and Ribes Solutions.

    Curated by Luca Bombardieri, a professor with the University of Turin, and Elisa Panero, curator of the archaeological collections at the Musei Reali, the exhibition showcases one of the most important Cypriot-Italian collections, many items of which have never been shown publicly before.

    It also contains many loans from important international institutions such as the British Museum in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Fitzwilliam Museum of Cambridge, the Medelhavetmuseet of Stockholm, the Kunsthistorisches Museum of Vienna and the Museum of Cyprus in Nicosia.

    The Cypriot collections of Turin's Musei Reali are one-of-a-kind among large European museums.

    The Museum of Antiquity has over 1,000 artifacts that came from donations in 1847 under the consul of the Kingdom of Sardinia Marcello Cerruti before and above all after the excavations conducted by Luigi Palma di Cesnola, the US consul on the island but born in Rivarolo, in the province of Turin.

    The collection is comparable in its scientific importance and variety to the large collection at the Egyptian Museum of Turin, of which it represents an ideal Mediterranean counterpart.

    The collection is also the oldest one outside the island and probably also the most complete in chronological terms.

    It forms the alter ego of the Cypriot collection at the Met in NYC, also by Luigi Palma di Cesnola, who was the museum's first director.

    "With 'Cyprus: Crossroads of Civilizations', the Musei Reali take a decisive step in the field of research around a very significant segment of archaeological collections tied to the heritage of the House of Savoy," said Enrica Pagella, director of the Musei Reali.

    "Despite the delays and restrictions due to the health emergency caused by the pandemic, the exhibition is being offered to the public now in a format that is faithful to the original plan," Pagella said. (ANSAmed).

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