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Art Alert: Contemporary art exhibition on Sun Ra opens in Cairo

Art exhibition about American jazz pioneer Sun Ra, by Belgian artist Tom Bogaret, will open in Cairo's Medrar for Contemporary Art on Thursday 15 May

Ahram Online, Monday 12 May 2014
Sun Ra in Egypt
Sputnik Power, 2014 (Photo: Nathalie Rebholz, courtesy of Medrar)
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Tom Bogaret, a Belgian artist based in Amman, Jordan will open his exhibition entitled 1971, Sun Ra in Egypt at Medrar for Contemporary Art on Thursday 15 May.

The exhibition will feature a wide range of art works by Bogaret based on his ongoing research into the life and work of American jazz pioneer Sun Ra.

The opening night will include a special performance by Dwarfs of East Agouza (featuring Maurice Louca and Iraqi Khayam Allami) and Invisible Hands, who will play a tribute to Sun Ra starting 9pm.

Sun Ra was born in Alabama in the United States as Herman Poole Blount. He changed his name to Le Sony’r Ra after a visionary experience that led him to believe he came from the planet Saturn. From this point on Sun Ra was fascinated by both outer space and ancient Egypt. His incorporation of the Egyptian sun god Ra into his name was the first of many invocations of ancient Egypt’s culture and beliefs.

Sun Ra was famous for his music as much as his eccentricity with his unique sonic productions that reflected a myriad of approaches and inspirations.  From the mid-1950s until his death in 1993, Sun Ra led a band called The Arkestra, which continues to perform its eccentric mix of free jazz, bop, and electronic music under the leadership of Marshall Allen.

Besides Bogaret’s art works, the exhibition will also feature a museum-like corner for the musician, which includes books written about him, his records, and other objects.

The exhibition is ongoing until 13 June. 

Programme:

1971, Sun Ra in Egypt opens on Thursday 15 May at 7pm
Medrar for Contemporary Art, 7 Gamal El-Din Abou El-Mahasen Street, Garden City, 1st Floor, Cairo

Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday, 10am - 5pm

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