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Art Agenda: 16-30 June

June promises a variety of exciting visual art shows across Cairo to round out the art season

Ahram Online, Monday 16 Jun 2014
Artwork by Walid Taher. (Photo: courtesy of Gallery Misr)
Artwork by Walid Taher. (Photo: courtesy of Gallery Misr)
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A Guest Without A Host Is A Ghost: collective show at Beirut, CIC, and Townhouse

A Guest Without A Host Is A Ghost is a year-long visual arts project that brings 30 artworks from the Kadist Art Foundation (Paris, San Francisco) to Egypt. Described by Beirut as a "temporary guest to the city," this miniature collection will appear in various shows and events across Cairo. An exhibition spread out across three venues – the Contemporary Image Collective (CIC), Townhouse and Beirut – will kick off the project on 6-7 May, featuring works by artists with international acclaim, some of them making their Egyptian debut.

Exhibition opened on 6 May at Beirut and 7 May at the Contemporary Image Collective (CIC) and Townhouse Gallery, and runs until 18 June
11 Road 12, Mahmoud Sedky, off Shaheen Street, Agouza, Cairo

Artwork by Kareem Al-Qurity. (Photo: courtesy of Art Lounge)
Artwork by Kareem Al-Qurity. (Photo: courtesy of Art Lounge)

Ragheb Ayad artworks at Safarkhan

An exhibition running at Safarkhan Gallery in Zamalek from 5 to 20 June will showcase six rare artworks by one of Egypt's most prominent modern painters, Ragheb Ayad (1892-1982). The artist cultivated a uniquely Egyptian artistic identity across his oeuvre in which he constantly portrayed Egyptian daily life, local folklore and popular culture. 

Exhibition runs until 20 June.
6 Brazil Street, Zamalek, Cairo

Static Square Space by Taha Belal (Photo: Courtesy of Gypsum Gallery)
Static Square Space by Taha Belal (Photo: Courtesy of Gypsum Gallery)


The Surface of Spectral Scattering: Magdi Mostafa at Townhouse Gallery

In The Surface of Spectral Scattering, Magdi Mostafa creates a site-specific, 600 square meter multi-channel sound and light installation at the Townhouse Factory Space. "The installation translates the city of Cairo into a high-energy discharge system with boundaries dictated by a poetic physics of transmission, where human actors play the role of inert conduits charged by abstract, external forces of zeal and fury," according to the curatorial statement.

Exhibition runs until 25 June.
10 Nabrawy Street, off Champolion Street, Downtown Cairo.

Melvin Moti, The Prisoner’s Cinema, 2008, 35mm film, color optical sound, 22 minutes / 900 meters. (
Melvin Moti, The Prisoner’s Cinema, 2008, 35mm film, color optical sound, 22 minutes / 900 meters. (Photo: courtesy of Beirut)

Witnesses: Walid Taher at Gallery Misr

One of the foremost cartoonists in Egypt, Walid Taher exhibits a new collection of paintings and illustrations at Gallery Misr this summer. Since his graduation from the Faculty of Fine Arts in 1992, Taher has illustrated various children's books. His illustrations and cartoons have also appeared in the press.

Exhibition runs until 30 June.
4 Ibn Zanki St., from Hassan Sabry St., Zamalek, Cairo

Nativité by Ragheb Ayad. (Photo: courtesy of Safarkhan Gallery)
Nativité by Ragheb Ayad. (Photo: courtesy of Safarkhan Gallery)

Vaccum Formed: Taha Belal at Gypsum Gallery

Vaccum Formed, Taha Belal's first solo show in Cairo, will feature works spanning the past six years of his career. His projects use recycled printed materials to explore language and representations of reality.  "In Vacuum Formed, Belal carries on a formal investigation of language and images exchanged in our daily life," reads the curatorial statement. "He uses mass-produced and disposable printed materials such as newspapers, magazines and wrapping paper to make neat, desirable artworks."

Exhibition runs until 10 July.
5a Bahgat Ali Street, Zamalek, Cairo

The Surface of Spectral Scattering installation by Magdi Mostafa. (Photo: Sara Elkamel)
The Surface of Spectral Scattering installation by Magdi Mostafa. (Photo: Sara Elkamel)

Have A Peaceful Day: Collective Exhibition at Saad Zaghloul Cultural Centre

A collective show featuring works but a group of contemporary and emerging Egyptian artists will run from 22 June to 17 July at the Saad Zaghloul Cultural Centre. The exhibition is organized by Studio Khana Foundation for Contemporary Art and Cultural Development, in collaboration with Studio 15/3 and the Saad Zaghloul Cultural Centre. The participating artists are: Ahmed El-Samra, Eslam Kamal, Bassem Yousri, Tamer Shahin, Rania Fouad, Sama Wali, Soha El-Sergani, Alaa Abd El-Hamid, Mohamed Abdullah, Mohamed Ezzm and Yasmein El-Meleegy.

Exhibition opens on 22 June and runs until 17 July.
2 Saad Zaghloul St. El-Sayeda Zeinab, Cairo

Walid Taher
Artwork by Walid Taher. (Photo: courtesy of Gallery Misr)


Sweet Dreams: Amre Heiba at GIZ

In this exhibition at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH office in Zamalek, oil paintings emanating from different stages of Amre Heiba's career will be displayed all summer. In this collection, the themes that typically characterise Amre Heiba will reappear, including childhood, solitude and romance.

The exhibition runs until 31 August 2014.
4D, El-Gezira Street, 11211 Zamalek, Cairo Egypt

Have a peaceful day

Contemporary Views VI at Al-Masar Gallery

Al-Masar Gallery celebrates its sixth anniversary this year with a selection of work by some of Egypt's most prominent visual artists: Hussein Youssef Amin, Tahia Halim, Mounir Canaan, Samir Rafi, Taha Hussein, Omar El-Nagdy, Gorges Bahgory, Mohammad Sabry and Hazem Taha Hussein. The show will run through the summer.

Exhibition runs until 18 September.
26 July Street, side entrance on Isaac Jacob Street (ground floor), Zamalek, Cairo

Artwork by Amre Heiba. (Photo: courtest of Mashrabia Gallery)
Artwork by Amre Heiba. (Photo: courtest of Mashrabia Gallery)

Il Corpus Homanus II: Collective show at The Art Lounge

Al-Masar Gallery's sister art space, The Art Lounge, will showcase paintings and sculptures by a small group of contemporary artists: Ibrahim El-Dessouki, Sami Aboul Azm, Esam Darwish and Kareem Al Qurity. Complementing the show at Al-Masar, the exhibition will present the current generation of visual artists and runs all summer.

Exhibition runs until 18 September.
26 July Street, side entrance on Isaac Jacob Street (ground floor), Zamalek, Cairo

Artwork by Mounir Canaan. (Photo: courtesy of Al Masar Gallery)
Artwork by Mounir Canaan. (Photo: courtesy of Al Masar Gallery)


 

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