Exhibition Ex Oriente Lux: Cosmopolitan Smyrna and the Greeks of Anatolia until the Treaty of Lausanne

EXHIBITION IN LAUSANNE | Ex Oriente Lux : Cosopolitan Smyrna and the Greeks of Anatolia until the Treaty of Lausanne (1923)

Our exhibition is a journey through the history and culture of the region of Asia Minor with Smyrna (now Izmir) as its epicenter at the beginning of the 20th century. A journey until the Treaty of Lausanne which marked the end of the Greek presence in Asia Minor. We explore Cosmopolitan Smyrna, nicknamed the “pearl of the Orient”, as well as its personalities, the art, the music, the abruptly interrupted efforts to create a university which would have served as a link between the West and the East (with “Ex Oriente Lux” as motto). We walk through the streets of Smyrna in 1919, through the photos of the Swiss photographer Boissonnas from a rare edition of our library. We commemorate the events from 1922 until the Treaty of Lausanne through photos and historical documents of our association. The exhibition is part of the events of the City of Lausanne on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Lausanne (1923-2023).

Organized by Melissa for Hellenism
With the support of the City of Lausanne
Acknowledgments: Greek Project

From 14.3 to 29.4.2023
From 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day & WE
For guided tour contact: melissa.hellenisme [at] gmail. com

Conference : The library of Melissa in Lausanne, at the service of Hellenism and Swiss society

Six years after the creation of the Association Melissa for Hellenism (Dec. 2016), Mr. Georgios Sgourdos, President, will talk about the background and the purpose of the creation of our library and will present to the Lausanne public a selection of books and historical documents, with emphasis on the ancient books of the 16th century from our collection, published in Greek language in Switzerland. A discussion with the public will follow as well as an aperitif.
This event will be a great opportunity to get to know each other better and strengthen our relationships.

Sunday, November 27, 2022 at 5 p.m.

Hôtel Continental, place de la Gare 2, Lausanne

Language : Greek

Free entrance

The movie “Smyrna” at Geneva

Smyrne, ville cosmopolite, la “Perle de l’Orient”. Puis, la Catastrophe de Smyrne en 1922. Le film présente les évènements historiques à travers la vie des membres d’une famille grecque de Smyrne de 1915 à 1922.

Η ταινία βασίζεται στο ομώνυμο θεατρικό έργο της Μιμής Ντενίση που παρακολούθησαν περισσότεροι από 1.000.000 θεατές. Πρόκειται για την πιο ακριβή παραγωγή της ιστορίας του ελληνικού κινηματογράφου, με εξαιρετική σκηνοθεσία και ερμηνεία γνωστών Ελλήνων και ξένων ηθοποιών.

Grèce, 2021
Durée : 120′
Langues : V.O. grec, anglais, turc / sous-titres français
Âge légal/suggéré 16/16

Jeudi 9 juin 2022, à 19h
Boulevard de Saint-Georges 8, Genève

Entrée : plein tarif CHF 20.- / jeunes (16-18 ans) : CHF 10.-


Κριτική της ταινίας (Athens Voice)

Αφίσα (από τις προβολές στην Ελλάδα)

Nous remercions pour leur soutien (communication) :
Association gréco-suisse Jean-Gabriel Eynard
Association Hellénique de Genève
Communauté Hellénique de Genève
Association des Dames Grecques de Genève
Association des Grecs de Constantinople en Suisse
Association des Hellènes et Philhellènes de la Côte “Akti”

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