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NICOSIA, Cyprus AP — The abstract figures of naked women gyrating to the rhythms of a five-piece band had shocked many people almost 60 years ago as they eyed the artwork for the first time on the walls of a popular restaurant-nightclub in Cyprus. But the whole venture could be derailed as the Greek Cypriot family that owns the Esperia Tower hotel that hosted the Perroquet club insist that the artwork legally belongs to them. A painter and sculptor, Savva shifted away from the established, representational art styles by encompassing influences like cubism, which he picked up during his stays in London and Paris through the s, into his voluminous artwork.
He died in That all changed in the summer of when Turkey invaded following a coup by supporters of union with Greece. Turkish armed forces took over an empty Varosha and kept it virtually sealed off until last November, when breakaway Turkish Cypriot authorities re-opened a stretch of beach to the public. Last February, the culture committee successfully engineered the return of paintings — including some of the most ificant works produced by Greek Cypriot artists — that were thought lost or stolen in the north.
In return, Turkish Cypriots received rare archival footage from state broadcaster CyBC of Turkish Cypriot cultural and sporting events dating from to the early s. The swap was hailed as a tangible way of bolstering trust among Greek and Turkish Cypriots.
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In this Tuesday Oct. The artwork has been rediscovered after laying hidden for nearly half a century and the 93 year-old Greek Cypriot man who says he commissioned the reliefs wants them transferred to the country's internationally recognized southern part with the help of a bicommunal committee tasked with preserving and maintaining Cyprus' culture heritage. Connect with the definitive source for global and local news.
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