'Icons: Refugees Heirlooms' at the Musee d’histoire de Nantes
The exhibition which opened on July 2 at the Musee d’histoire de Nantes, was organized in partnership with the Byzantine and Christian Museum in Athens, and offers a chance to discover the exceptional objects from the Refugee Treasures exhibition presented in 2009 in Athens, and a selection of items conserved in France that will be presented for the first time.
|Refugees in the streets of Athens, photographed by the American Red Cross, in 1923 |
[Credit: ©Library of Congress]
The treaty imposed the exchange of civil populations and defined the terms of forced migration on both sides of the Aegean Sea. 1.3 million Greeks and 400,000 Muslims were forced to leave their homes, leaving their belongings behind.
|Icon of Saint Catherine. Late 17th century [Credit: Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens]|
Today, some icons in France act as a testament of a migration extending far beyond Greece’s borders.
|Silver revetment of icon depicting St. George killing the Dragon. From a Smyrna workshop, 1878 |
[Credit: Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athen]
Exhibition curator: Kiriaki Tsesmeloglou, member of the Icon Network association, restorer and conservator of painted works.
The exhibition will run through November 13, 2016.
Source: Musee d’histoire de Nantes [July 08, 2016]