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Permanent Exhibitions

The Lefkadian Municipal Art Gallery

Τμήμα της Λευκαδιακής Πινακοθήκης

Part of the Lefkadian Municipal Art Gallery

The Art Gallery is housed at the Cultural Centre of Lefkada since 2010, in an area of 170 square metres and consists of a ground level and an upper level section. It presents works of Lefkadian, Greek and international artists. You can download the album of the Lefkadian Municipal Art Gallery here.

A. Sikelianou str. and 1, Svoronou str., Lefkada
Information: Τel: +302645022620, Φax: +302645026715

The Historical Centre of Lafcadio Hearn

Άποψη της κεντρικής αίθουσας του Ιστορικό Κέντρου Λευκάδιου Χερν

View of the main hall of the Lafcadio Hearn Historical Centre

Lafcadio Hearn is the national poet of Japan. He was born in Lefkada in 1850. His father was an Irish military doctor who was in service at Lefkada, during the British occupation of the Seven Islands, and his mother was of noble origin from the island of Kythira. His given name was Patrick Lafcadio Hearn. He grew up in Ireland, lived as an immigrant in the United States of America and finally moved in Japan where he had a peaceful life. He left his parents while he was still young and travelled a lot, without ever being biased towards the different civilisations and races that he encountered at each place, facing every new experience with an open mind and in the spirit of mutual understanding.

The museum is the first of its kind in Europe, dedicated to the writer. It was inaugurated as “Historical Centre of Lafcadio Hearn” on the 4th of July 2014 and is housed at a hall on the ground floor of the Cultural Centre of Lefkada.

The museum contains first editions, rare books and Japanese collector’s items. It also presents photographs, texts and exhibits of the most important moments in Hearn’s impressive life, as well as from the civilisations of Europe, America and Japan of the late 18th and early 19th century, through the open mind of his lectures, texts and stories. The exhibits were donated to the Historical Centre by the collector Takis Efstathiou.

For the creation of the “Historical Centre of Lafcadio Hearn” the Cultural Centre of Lefkada cooperated with the Municipalities of Kunamoto, Matsue, Shinjuku and Yaizu, the University of Tayama, the family of Koizumi and Genki Miyagi, Takis Efstathiou, Maria Genitsariou, Masaaki Noda and Fumiko Yoneda.

The entrance of the hall of the Historical Centre is decorated with a sculpture named “Lafcadio Hearn – Odyssey of an Open Mind” by the famous Japanese sculptor Masaaki Noda.

A. Sikelianou str. and 1, Svoronou str., Lefkada
Information: tel: +302645026635, +302645026715, fax: +302645026715
www.lefkasculturalcenter.gr

Hall of Takis Efstathiou

Άποψη της Αίθουσας Τάκη Ευσταθίου

View of the Takis Efstathiou Hall

It is a hall on the ground floor of the Cultural Centre of Lefkada, dedicated to the collector Takis Efstathiou who donated pieces of his collection in order to contribute to the creation of the Historical Centre of Lafcadio Hearn at the same location.

The hall hosts paintings of great Japanese artists like S, Guanda and Maasaki Noda. Furthermore, there is a shirt hand-painted by Masaaki Noda. The collector also donated to the Cultural Centre two silkscreen prints by Stamos and one by Chrysa, silkscreen prints by the Greek sculptor Theodoros and one of Lekkakis. There are also many culture and art books about the works of Lafcadio Hearn, posters etc.

A. Sikelianou str. and 1, Svoronou str., Lefkada
Information: tel: +302645026635, +302645026715, fax: +302645026715
www.lefkasculturalcenter.gr

Trienale of Micro Engraving and Ex Libris

Η αίθουσα Χαρακτικής Μικρού Μεγέθους και Ex-Libris

The hall of Micro Engraving and Ex Libris

A special and almost unknown form of art for the Greek public was presented by the Cultural Centre of Lefkada in 2005 and 2008 through the organising of the International Trienale of Micro Engraving and Ex Libris. It is about high quality modern micro engraving ex-libris.

The founding actors of this effort were the Cultural Centre of Lefkada, the Lefkadian engraver Giannis Gourzis, the art lover and collector Vassilis Zevgolis and the painter Konstantinos Glenis.

The main theme of the First Trienale Ex Libris was “BOOK”. The motivation of this event was the collection of 40000 publications about Lefkada that is located at the Charamogleios Special Lefkadian Library of the Municipality of Lefkada.

The main theme of the Second Trienale Ex Libris was “MUSIC”. 296 engravers from 37 countries responded to the call of the Cultural Centre of Lefkada with 566 works of art. The exhibition committee, consisting of Mihalis Arfaras (engraver, professor at the School of Fine Arts of Athens), Kati Mahrt (engraver, professor at the University of Hildesheim in Germany), Dimitris Pavlopoulos (art historian, assistant professor at the University of Athens) Vassilis Zevgolis (collector ex-libris, biochemist) selected 475 ex-libris by 247 artists from 31 countries.

The art works are now in display at the Cultural Centre of Lefkada.

Download here the digital form of the album that concerns to the Ex Libris exhibitions.

Fritz Berger’s Photography Exhibition

Επίσκεψη μαθητών στην έκθεση φωτογραφιών του Fritz Berger

Students visit the Fritz Berger’s Photography Exhibition

Fritz Berger was a member of the Swiss division of the International Christian Peace Service (CFD) as a gardener and took part, along with other volunteers, in the help program that was carried out at the villages of south-eastern Lefkada during the period 1962-1972.

The program concerned the settlements of Agios Petros, Komilio, Hortata and other villages. The volunteers of the organisation (nursers, teachers, farmers, builders etc) helped the villagers improve their living conditions based on their connection with the land and the traditional crafts, teaching them new ways of cultivation and techniques, while they were also taking care of the people’s health, education and entertainment.

Fritz Berger with his photographic camera recorded moments of everyday life, work and rest of the local people as well as landscapes of the island. His photographic archive is a valuable source about that era because it shows us images that most of us had been ignoring.

The photography exhibition is hosted at the atrium of the City Hall of the Lefkada Municipality and was launched in February 2016.

Opening hours: 08.00 – 14.30.
Free entrance.

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