The founders of the Museum, Michael and Loukia Zampelas, have been collecting and supporting the work of many Cypriot, Greek and foreign artists for a period of over forty years. Their love for art and the artists in general, initiated, at the turn of the Millennium, their desire to promote the work of upcoming as well as established artists and display it to the public. In order to do this, the company Zampelas Art was founded.
An open call for a competition to create a catalogue of the 100 best Cypriot artists of the 3rd Millennium became the first venture of Zampelas Art. Art critics from the UK, Italy, Greece and Cyprus studied the 500 submitted works and selected 100 of these to include in the catalogue: “Cypriot Artists of the 3rd Millenium”. This catalogue can be found in many museum libraries around the world.
Zampelas Art went ahead and acquired all the art works of the competition, aspiring in the future to establish an Art Museum which would promote cultural development in Cyprus. These works now form part of the collection of the Zampelas family which has expanded to include almost 1000 works of Cypriot, Greek and foreign artists, from 1877 to the present.
In May 2012, the Loukia and Michael Zampelas Art Museum opened up its doors to the public. The Museum is a non-profit private organisation which houses the permanent collection of the Zampelas family. Apart from the permanent collection, the Museum also organises temporary, retrospective and thematic exhibitions of artists from Cyprus and abroad. These are complemented with relevant educational programmes, lectures and other cultural activities. Education is a core objective of the Loukia and Michael Zampelas Art Museum, which offers numerous educational programmes catered specifically to this. The Museum also offers some of its spaces for conferences and cultural events, and organises various events on the Museum’s premises. The various events, together with the organised Museum tours and educational programmes, facilitate learning and bring to the public the timeless achievements of Cypriot, Greek and foreign art.
The Loukia and Michael Zampelas Art Museum is a pioneer in its field, showcasing modern and contemporary art in Cyprus. Situated in Kaimakli, it is located very close to the centre of Nicosia and the walled city – the cultural hub of the island. Its location is pivotal and signifies another objective of the Museum: the cultural regeneration of Kaimakli and the nearby areas, creating a new chapter for the cultural development and history of the island.