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 We commemorate the events from 1922 until the Treaty of Lausanne through photos and historical documents of our association.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

The movie “Smyrna” at Lausanne

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.

Grèce, 2021
Durée : 120′
langues : V.O. grec, anglais, turc / sous-titres français

Jeudi 2 juin 2022, à 20h
Pathé Les Galeries, salle 3
Rue du Petit-Chêne 27, Lausanne

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

Avec le soutien (communication) :
Association Amitiés gréco-suisses
Association des Grecs de Lausanne “ESTIA”
Association des Hellènes & Philhellènes de la Côte “AKTI”

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