WHOSE ART IS IT, ANYWAYS?

Jan 31, 2021

By Jeremy Logan

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A rare and valuable concrete relief by Cyprus’ most avant-garde artist of the 1960s had lain hidden for decades in the recesses of a nightclub in Varosha, a now abandoned town long under Turkish military control.

But with Varosha’s controversial partial opening last November, the artwork – featuring abstract figures of nude women dancing to a five-piece band – has again come to light.

The man who says he commissioned the art from acclaimed artist Christoforos Savva is now asking authorities for help transporting it to the country’s national gallery for all to see.

Avgerinos Nikitas has appealed to a committee made up of both Greek and Turkish Cypriots that is tasked with protecting Cyprus’ cultural treasures on both sides of the divide to help remove artwork.

But the whole venture could be derailed by the Greek Cypriot family that owns the Esperia Tower hotel that hosted the nightclub, who insist that the artwork legally belongs to them.

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