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Cyprus - A Dynamic Island: Exhibition & Events

On October 10th the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden in Leiden (RMO, the National Museum of Antiquities of the Netherlands) opened the winter exhibition ‘Cyprus: A Dynamic Island’. This is the first major exhibition centered on the archaeology of Cyprus to be shown outside of Cyprus.

The official opening took place in the presence of H.E. Vassiliki Anastassiadou, Cypriot Minister of Transport, Communications and Works; H.E. Elpidoforos Economou, Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus, The Hague; and H.E. Arjen Uijterlinde, Ambassador for International Cultural Cooperation at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague.

The exhibition 'Cyprus: A Dynamic island' is a unique exhibition about one of the most important crossroads of ancient cultures in the Mediterranean region. More than 400 objects tell the remarkable story of an island with over 12,000 years of history & culture. For more information see 'Cyprus: A Dynamic island'.

Accompanying this exhibition, the museum organises multiple themed events, such as lectures, festivals and more. The exhibition itself can be visited in Leiden (Rapenburg 28) until March 15th 2020.

Save the Date 23 January 2020:
Lecture & Debate on Retrieving Cultural Heritage
The Rijksmuseum van Oudheden and LeidenGlobal organise a special evening with a Lecture & Debate on Cypriot art trafficking and restitution, focussed on archaeologic items from Cyprus. Keynote speaker is 'the Icon hunter' Tasoula Hadjitofi from The Walk of Truth, accompanied by speakers from Europol, International Law and from the museum itself. Prof. Pieter ter Keurs will moderate the debate. More information will follow on this website and LeidenGlobal Socials.

Photo: Official opening in the presence of H.E. Vassiliki Anastassiadou


The Cyprus exhibition is in partnership with the Cyprus antiquities department, the Cyprus Museum in Nicosia, and with the support of the A.G. Leventis Foundation; the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus in the Netherlands; Cyprus Ministry of Tourism; the Press and Information Office, the Prince Bernhard Culture Fund; Labrys Reizen; the Cultural Heritage Agency and the Society of Corporate Friends of the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities.