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Culture ministry approves overhaul for Teriade Museum on Lesvos

Δημοσίευση 2 Δεκεμβρίου 2010, 10:39 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Culture ministry approves overhaul  for Teriade Museum on Lesvos
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The culture ministry's Museums Council on Wednesday approved the start of a study for the renovation of the Teriade Museum and Library building on the island of Lesvos.

The culture ministry's Museums Council on Wednesday approved the start of a study for the renovation of the Teriade Museum and Library building on the island of Lesvos.

The historic museum in the north of the island was the brainchild of publisher Stratis Eleftheriadis - also known as Teriade - and contains his collection of 'Great Books' or 'Grands Livres' amassed with the assistance of some of the leading artists of his day.

These contain original designs by the likes of Matisse, Chagall, LeCorbusier, Picasso and many of the other great painters of the 20th century, while each book is in itself a work of art supervised by the artists involved.

The publication of the 'Grands Livres' continued until 1975 while the museum also contains works of art collected by Teriade in his lifetime and parts of his personal archives. So far, the collection has not been fully inventoried, something that is among the culture ministry's plans. Apart from the parts of the collection on display in the 18 small roooms of the museum, the remainder is currently stored in the basement of the museum.

Among the major problems faced by the historic and rare collection is that of preservation, since the building is not adequately equipped to deal with high temperatures in summer and the destructive effect of solar radiation that causes irreparable damage to exhibits..