Περιήγηση στην Ανατολική Μεσόγειο μέσα από τα έργα της Συλλογής Ιωάννη Τρικόγλου | Art collection reveals history of Eastern Aegean (Iota Myrtsioti, ekathimerini.com)

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Art collection reveals history of Eastern Aegean
Ioannis Trikoglou, a Cairo-born Greek merchant and art aficionado, has had his private collection of artworks stored at the cultural center of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki for the past 40 years, after entrusting it to the institution for safekeeping.
Trikoglou left Egypt in 1973 when President Gamal Abdel Nasser began seizing the assets of the sizable Greek population in the North African country, and moved back to Greece, where a decade earlier he had already ensconced his precious collection.
The Trikoglou Collection, comprising pieces related to the Eastern Mediterranean region in general, is now on display for the first time, at the northern port city’s Museum of Byzantine Culture.
The collection takes viewers on a journey through Asia Minor, Egypt and Sinai, among other parts of the region, where he shot photographs -- as well as financing a number of tours by the famed Swiss photographer Frederic Boissonnas -- and also collected thousands of artworks, photographs, books, heirlooms, maps, documents and other memorabilia.

The exhibition comprises 14,000 tomes that are available for viewing, oil paintings and watercolors by Greek and foreign artists, as well as a rare etching of Constantinople from 1493. It also has 506 photographs -- 60 of which are by Boissonnas and 110 of which are by the renowned French studio Sebah & Joaillier -- 413 maps, in addition to cartoons, documents and flyers from foundations and other institutions that date as far back as 1495 and up to the mid-20th century.

The museum is also showing a digitized archive of the collection that forms a virtual journey starting in Alexandria, where Trikoglou was born in 1888, Cairo, where he lived and worked for most of his life, Greece and Asia Minor, where he also lived in his later years of his life, before dying in Paris in the late 1970s.
In Egypt, Trikoglou collected anything that made reference to the country’s history, culture and everyday life, from images of political leaders and political documents, to artworks and books.
In Greece he sought works by Greek and foreign artists, especially those related to the 1821 Greek War of Independence, as well as manuscripts by the likes of Lord Byron and Angelos Sikelianos.
In Asia Minor, and Istanbul in particular, he rooted out rare pieces that tell the history of the Ottoman Empire and of the great meeting point of the East and Byzantium.

Museum of Byzantine Culture, 2 Stratou Avenue, Thessaloniki, tel 2313.306.400. The exhibition runs to September 8, Mondays from 1-8 p.m. and Tuesdays through Sundays from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.


Η έκθεση με τίτλο «Περιήγηση στην Ανατολική Μεσόγειο μέσα από τα έργα της Συλλογής Ιωάννη Τρικόγλου» αποτελεί συνδιοργάνωση της Κεντρικής Βιβλιοθήκης του Α.Π.Θ και του Μουσείου Βυζαντινού Πολιτισμού. Πραγματοποιείται με αφορμή τη συμπλήρωση πενήντα χρόνων από την απόφαση του Ιωάννη Τρικόγλου, Έλληνα εμπόρου, λόγιου και δραστήριου μέλους της ελληνικής κοινότητας του Καΐρου, να δωρίσει τη Βιβλιοθήκη του στο Α.Π.Θ. (1962).
H έκθεση, στην ουσία μια διαδρομή του Συλλέκτη στην Ανατολική Μεσόγειο, περιλαμβάνει τέσσερις ενότητες που αφορούν σε παρουσίαση, η πρώτη και εισαγωγική, επιλεγμένου υλικού από το προσωπικό του αρχείο (επιστολές, φωτογραφίες, αυτόγραφα), ενώ οι επόμενες τρεις φωτογραφικού υλικού, σχεδίων, χαρακτικών, σπάνιων εκδόσεων που αναφέρονται στην ιστορία, τον πολιτισμό και τον καθημερινό βίο της Αιγύπτου (η δεύτερη), της Μ. Ασίας - Κωνσταντινούπολης (η τρίτη) και της Ελλάδας (η τέταρτη) αντίστοιχα. Τα έργα που φιλοξενούνται στην έκθεση, μεγάλης ιστορικής και καλλιτεχνικής αξίας, καλύπτουν το χρονικό φάσμα από το 16ο αι. έως και τον 20ο και παρουσιάζονται για πρώτη φορά στο κοινό.

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