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EXHIBITION: The Island Club presents “At Bikini Bottom”
23 June - 28 July 2018
Tuesday to Saturday 11:00 - 18:00
34 Agora Anexartisias 3036, Limassol, Cyprus

SpongeBob SquarePants, Bubble Stand, Season 1 - Episode 04, 1999, Acrylic on paper, 35 x 28 cm, Courtesy of a Private Collection

The Island Club presents At Bikini Bottom, an exhibition stemming from a parallel chronology of the imaginary undersea world of Bikini Bottom and the series of nuclear tests that the U.S. began in Bikini Atoll in 1946. The exhibition includes a collection of animation drawings, production cels and backgrounds made for the first season of the series SpongeBob SquarePants (1999-2000), before the creative team of Steven Hillenburg began working with digital animation. Along with this material, photographic documentation of the nuclear tests conducted at the Marshall Islands will also be on view.

SpongeBob SquarePants, Rock Bottom, Season 1 - Episode 35, 2000, Pencil on paper, 32 x 26 cm, Courtesy of a Private Collection


The Island Club is a non-profit exhibition space initiated by artist Christodoulos Panayiotou. Located in Agora Anexartisias/Independence Market, a shopping arcade in the commercial centre of Limassol, The Island Club appropriates the name of the NAAFI (Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes) family club that was established during colonial times to provide entertainment for the members of the British Armed Forces. As access to the club was restricted to servicemen and their guests, it is now largely forgotten by locals.


Copy by Andry Panayiotou and Denise Araouzou

The exhibition is organised by Denise Araouzou

Opening: The Island Club

Saturday, 23 June, 2018, 18:00 – 20:00

Works courtesy of a private collection
Archival material courtesy of the U.S. Army Photographic Signal Corps


Polis Ioannou

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