EMAA celebrates with an exhibition of the painter Ayhan
By Heidi Trautmann
Throughout the world
this day is being celebrated by art associations, art galleries,
museums, educational institutions to remind society of the importance of the
arts. It is Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday that was chosen as celebration date
since his art work embraces all kind of art forms.
Also EMAA, European Mediterranean Art Association keeps
celebrating this day with a special show, in 2013 it was an exhibition of the
life work of the artist Gönen Atakol, (read my review by clicking on the link
and this year they have worked on a special show to honour
the work of Ayhan Menteş, a painter today living in Famagusta, one of the first
abstract painters as he is being called. I had the pleasure to interview him
many years ago and I am very pleased to see his art work again in a special show
on April 15 at the EMAA Art Centre in Nicosia. Read my interview here
Since 2002, the year of its foundation, EMAA has worked for
the aim to promote the arts and make possible an adequate education in the arts
for children and young adults. Many unforgettable art events have been created.
However, along with the fruitful work on the road to awareness of the
importance of art goes the frustration and fight against ignorance in
governmental circles as already expressed in their list of complaints in the
above first link.
The show will be opened by the Mayor of Nicosia Mehmet
Harmancı on April 15 at 19.30. I hope that many guests come to see the work of
a Cypriot appreciated artist. The EMAA Art Centre is behind the Nicosia Deniz
The show will be on until 30 April. Visiting hours in the
mornings 11:00-13:00 and 15:00-18:00 in the afternoons.