Friday, January 27, 2012
The Menil Collection. Part III. The Byzantine Fresco Chapel.
In june 1983 The Menil Foundation was shown photographs of thirteent-century frescoes that had been cut into 38 pieces and removes from their original site near Lysi, in Turkish-occupied section of Cyprus. They were going to be sold individually for profit and dispersed.
The frescoes are forever owned by the Church of Cyprus. This Official and emphatic recognition made it possible to build teh Byzantine Fresco Chapel.
The material solidity of the original chapel building is shattered and made ephemeral by means of the framented free-standing glass structure.