(L-r) artist Mohamed Abla, grandsons of Saroukhan, cartoonist Gomaa Farahat sits on the chair, Cuban Ambassador Tania Aguiar Fernández and Armenian Ambassador Levoni Grigorian
An exhibition of caricatures opened at Goethe Institute Tahrir Lounge on Monday, with an inauguration ceremony attended by the new Armenian ambassador to Egypt Karen Levoni Grigorian, the new Cuban ambassador Tania Aguiar Fernández, the deputy ambassador of Belgium, the grandsons of the great Armenian cartoonist Saroukhan, veteran Egyptian cartoonist and head of the Egyptian Society of Caricature Gomaa Farahat, and visual artist Mohamed Abla, the founder of the Cartoon Museum.
The exhibition, “Saroukhan Comes Back”, commemorates the 120 anniversary of the birth of Egyptian-Armenian cartoonist Saroukhan.
The exhibition is a result of a caricature competition launched a few weeks ago revolving around the famed cartoonist. The winner of the competition was Yoemnis Del Toro (Cuba) and honorary awards were given to Marwa Ibrahim (Egypt), Omar Turcios (Spain), Ahmed Wahid (Egypt), Guo Ye (China) and Antonio Santos (Portugal).
In his speech, Farahat described Saroukhan as “one of the most important artists, if not the most important in the art of caricature, especially in Egypt and the Arab world. Although he is an Armenian artist, he is influenced by Egyptian culture to the core, which is echoed in his different works.”
Abla said: “The large number of artists who enrolled to the competition from a large number of countries in the world explained to us all the echo left by the late Egyptian-Armenian artist Saroukhan, as the caricature before him is completely different from the caricature after him,” explaining that this is at the same time a means to promote tourism in Egypt in general.
The exhibition concludes on 4 April.