Hambis Printmaking Museum

The museum opened its doors in the summer of 2008, with a humble collection of a few hundreds of works all coming…

Hambis Municipal Printmaking Museum

The Museum is housed in an old traditional bakery located in Ammochostou street in the walled city of Nicosia…

Hambis Printmaking
School

Full of gratitude for the man who taught him printmaking and ultimately marked his artistic path, having the willingness to…

Hambis Printmaking Museum

The museum opened its doors in the summer of 2008, with a humble collection of a few hundreds of works all coming from donations. Hambis generously donated his small personal collection and some of his prints, along with printmakers from Cyprus and Greece who came to the museum to give the first modern works to the collection, as well as friends collectors – who donated enthusiastically one or more works from their collection. Over the years, the donations have continued from loyal friends of the museum who come and visit us regularly, as well as from Cypriot and foreign printmakers, enriching the collection of the museum. The temporary exhibitions held by the museum are also a good opportunity for donations by the exhibiting artists.

With very little financial resources available, the museum started also to buy prints of important artists. Even though the dream of a Picasso linocut, of an original Rembrandt etching, of a Gauguin’s woodcut or wood engraving remains a dream, sometimes the golden opportunity to buy a “treasure” appears. The actual catalogue presents these valuables for the museum – i.e. for the public of our little Cyprus. Works that of course – together with many other rare pieces – exist in the drawers of private Cypriot collections, but are never available to the public. A visit to Hambis Printmaking Museum is also an opportunity for tourists to get acquainted with the Cypriot and European printmaking which usually comes in second place in the big museums abroad. The exhibits change on an annual basis, temporary exhibitions open, giving the opportunity to present various thematic aspects of the collection. Sometimes we also open up drawers to respond to a visitor’s intense desire to see a work that is not exhibited. Hambis Printmaking Museum seems to be original because of the conviction that the collection must be protected but above all that it must be offered to the public’s direct gaze.

Hambis Printmaking Municipal Museum

The Museum is housed in an old traditional bakery located in Ammochostou street in the walled city of Nicosia. The first contacts and discussions for its creation began in 2005. Numerous difficulties and obstructions had to be overcome, as a result, its inauguration was achieved 14 years later, in December 2019. The contribution of the Municipality of Nicosia in the realization of this goal, has been significant and essential. In this endeavour the Museum’s Friends were the most valuable asset, with their generous love and support, whether financial aid or voluntary work, throughout the repair and renovation of the building process.

Indistinguishable and on the same mission, the new museum aspires to promote to a wider audience the art of printmaking, to enhance and contribute to the great work performed by the primary museum, interacting and complementing each other with parallel actions.

School of Printmaking

Full of gratitude for the man who taught him printmaking and ultimately marked his artistic path, having the willingness to give unceasingly, Hambis founded the School of Printmaking in the village of Platanistia, in memory of his teacher, printmaker A. Tassos. His sole aim is to introduce this magical art to all those interested. The School offers countless complimentary workshops , available to all, young and elderly, beginners or not, and Hambis, along with other artists, unselfishly share their knowledge and love for printmaking.

Exhibitions

Printmaking as a social comment

Printmaking as a social comment

From 31/03/21 until 14/08/21 - Hambis Municipal Printmaking Museum

”Printmaking as a social comment”  is the new exhibition launched at the Hambis Municipal Printmaking Museum, dedicated

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