Ledra Palace: Dancing on the Line
June 1, 2021, 10:00 AM - October 31, 2021, 4:30 PM
The exhibition Ledra Palace: Dancing on the Line, organised by the Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia and the CYENS Centre of Excellence, explores this ‘palace-like’ hotel as a place of memory, history, culture and politics and invites the visitor to see the hotel through the eyes of various protagonists: guests, employees, architects, artists, soldiers, United Nations staff and many others.
In the Temporary Exhibitions Room of the Museum, exhibits, memories and stories of people who lived in or have personal experiences of the Ledra Palace relate, on the one hand, the adventurous recent history of the island and, on the other, reveal modernity in Cyprus. The exhibition aims to ‘revive’ the history of the Ledra Palace in a multivocal and multidimensional way and, through this story, to induce the visitor to discuss the modern events of Cyprus.
Emerging technologies and innovative applications developed by the CYENS Centre of Excellence have an important role in this exhibition. They bring to life the history of the hotel, which, due to its conversion into UN barracks and its location in the Buffer Zone, is no longer easily accessible. Technology will help older people to remember and younger people to know what the luxury Ledra Palace Hotel looked like more than 70 years ago – to travel in time to a period starting from the creation of the Ledra Palace and reaching up to today.
The exhibition was curated by Loukia Loizou Hadjigavriel, Antigone Heraclidou and Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert, while the general coordination was organised by the Director of the Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia, Demetra Theodotou Anagnostopoulou, and the curator Maria Patsalosavvi.
The exhibition is accompanied by a publication rich in essays and photographs provided by academics and researchers who have approached the Ledra Palace Hotel from various points of view.
During the exhibition, physical and online tours, presentations and educational programmes will take place.
Visiting hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10.00-16.30