Christoforos Savva: Untimely, Again
Cyprus Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale of Art
Curated by Jacopo Crivelli Visconti
11 May – 24 November 2019
Christoforos Savva: Untimely, Again. Christoforos Savva is widely acknowledged as one of the most ground-breaking Cypriot artists of the 20th century. After spending much of the 1950s in Paris and London, he settled back in Nicosia in 1960, where he produced a highly diverse body of works. His oeuvre was unparalleled in the incipient local art scene, appropriating and reinventing themes and styles while involving references to numerous art movements and historical periods. He was also the founder, together with Welsh artist Glyn Hughes, of Apophasis [Decision], the first independent cultural centre of the then newly established Republic of Cyprus. In 1968, Savva was among the artists representing Cyprus in its inaugural pavilion in Venice. Bringing his work back to Venice is an opportunity to reflect, fifty years later, on the processes that have shaped the post-independence image of the newly founded state and the course of its art.
Graphic identity, exhibition architecture designed by Studio Manuel Raeder. Accompanying publications to the exhibition: Christoforos Savva: Untimely on Time, published by Hatje Cantz, and Christoforos Savva: Untimely, Again, co-published by BOM DIA BOA TARDE BOA NOITE and Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture.