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Art Agenda: 16-30 April in Cairo

Cairo will host a dynamic mix of visual art, some exhibitions will be held for a limited number of days while others will enchant viewers for longer

Ahram Online, Thursday 17 Apr 2014
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Banque Banister (2010), Hassan Khan. (Photo: Photo: Rowan El Shimi)
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Sherif Sonbol exhibits photos at Amir Taz Palace

Renowned photographer Sherif Sonbol -- who has worked for Al-Ahram Weekly and Ahram Online -- opened his latest exhibition 'The Meetingpoint of Faith' on Monday 14 April at the Amir Taz Palace. The exhibition contains 25 photographs showing Islamic, Coptic and Jewish monuments and architecture to express how the artist sees Cairo as the city which has hosted different religions in peaceful co-existence.  Among the important icons of Cairo photographed are: Sultan Hassan Mosque, Ibn Tolon Mosque, the Hanging Church, and the Jewish Synagogue in Old Cairo. The exhibition runs until 19 April

17 Sharia Suyufiyya, Islamic Cairo


Refaie Mosque (Photo: Courtesy of Sherif Sonbol)
Refaie Mosque (Photo: Courtesy of Sherif Sonbol)

Exhibition of political cartoons by India's renowned artist


Sudhir Tailang is one of India's most renowned political cartoonists with daily cartoons published for over four decades in leading newspapers, including the Hindustan Times. A selection of Tailang's work will be displayed on 17 and 19 April at the Egyptian Modern Arts Museum located on the Cairo Opera House grounds. The exhibition is part of India by the Nile, a multidisciplinary festival running between 1 and 20 April and aiming to bring India's variety of art forms to Egyptian audiences. Read more here. The exhibition is on display on two days: 17 and 19 April

 

Aba’ad Gallery, Egyptian Modern Arts Museum, Cairo Opera House grounds

 

Cartoons by Sudhir Tailang (Artwork courtesy Sudhir Tailang)
Cartoons by Sudhir Tailang (Artwork courtesy Sudhir Tailang)

 

D-CAF: Hassan Khan Exhibition at Kodak Passageway


This year, D-CAF decided to dedicate its visual arts programme to contemporary Egyptian artist Hassan Khan. The show is the first major survey of Khan's work in Cairo. The exhibit features works produced by the internationally acclaimed artist between the mid 90s and present day. The works include text-based projects, sculptural forms, music projects, among others. The exhibition will be located in unused storefronts alongside the Kodak passageway in Downtown Cairo. The site has been designed and curated by CLUSTER in such a way that creates a series of exhibition spaces that blur the lines between the artist's diverse oeuvre and the surrounding local community. Exhibition runs until 26 April

20, Adly St., Downtown Cairo


Hassan Khan, The Knot, 2012. (Photo: Courtesy of the artist)
Hassan Khan, The Knot, 2012. (Photo: Courtesy of the artist)

Lost Referents of Some Attraction: Malak Helmy at Sharjah Art Gallery


A solo exhibition by contemporary Egyptian artist Malak Helmy runs from 31 March to 26 April at the Sharjah Art Gallery. The exhibition is curated by Beirut, a Cairo-based gallery, and commissioned by AUC_LAB, a new series of exhibitions and projects spotlighting artists from the region. This show marks Helmy's first major solo show. The Cairo-based artist works mostly with video and text. In this exhibition, Helmy adapts her works to respond to the location of the American University in Cairo’s New Cairo campus. Exhibition runs until 26 April


AUC New Cairo Campus, New Cairo

 

Artwork by Malak Helmy. (Photo: Krowswork)
Artwork by Malak Helmy. (Photo: Krowswork)

 

Studio Hopping: Medrar presents collective show and open studio experience

A new collective exhibition from Medrar for Contemporary Art is designed to bring the public into the studios of 19 Egyptian visual artists who are varied in terms of age and artistic approach. Following the opening on 16 April, audience members will be able to register to spend time in one of the artists' studios, where they can ask questions about their work or any other topic. The artists include: Ahmed Badry, Ahmed Sabry, Ali Abd El-Mohsen, Ammar Abo Bakr, Amr El-Kafrawy, Dia Hamed, Ganzeer, Hala El-Koussy, Hamdy Reda, Hany Rashed, Hashem L. Kelesh, Kareem Osman, Khaled Hafez, Marwa El-Shazly, Mohamed Abla, Mohamed Taman, Sabah Naim, and Shayma Kamel. Read more here. The exhibition runs until 26 April

7 Gamal El-Din Abu El-Mahassen Street, Garden City, Cairo

Hala El-Khoussy (Photo: Courtesy of Medrar for Contemporary Art)
Hala El-Khoussy (Photo: Courtesy of Medrar for Contemporary Art)

Sheer Strength: Collective exhibition at GIZ


This exhibition, held at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) office, in collaboration with the Mashrabia Gallery of Contemporary Art, brings together four contemporary female artists. Entitled Sheer Strength, the show will feature works by Hala Abu Shady, Dina El-Gharib, Souad Abdel-Rasoul and Fadwa Ramadan. The diverse showcased collection includes paintings, drawings, collage, and digital photography. "From the more rigorous abstraction to a surprising overlapping of images, their trajectories of research result into works of strong visual impact," reads the curatorial statement. The exhibition runs until 30 April


4d Al-Gezira Street, Zamalek, Cairo

 

Artwork from Sheer Strength. (Photo: courtesy of Mashrabia Gallery)
Artwork from Sheer Strength. (Photo: courtesy of Mashrabia Gallery)


Sabhan Adam and Hossam Dirar: Beauty and the Beast at ArtTalks


ArtTalks hosts an exhibition featuring works by Syrian-born artist Sabhan Adam (1973) and Egyptian-born artist Hossam Dirar (1978), who take on universal notions of beauty and ugliness through portraiture. "Each artist presents his perception of individuality by seeking to bring out whatever is common with the rest of humanity. For Sabhan Adam, it is ugly. For Hossam Dirar, it is beauty," reads the curatorial statement.


The exhibition runs until 5 May

8 Al-Kamel Mohamed Street, Zamalek, Cairo

 

Artwork by Hossam Dirar. (Photo: courtesy of ArtTalks)
Artwork by Hossam Dirar. (Photo: courtesy of ArtTalks)


Between existence and nonexistence: exhibition at Mahmoud Mokhtar museum


In Amira Parree's solo exhibition "Between existence and nonexistence" – opening 15 April at Mahmoud Mokhtar's museum – the France-based Egyptian-Dutch artist analyses her own process of living, communication and creation.  Strictly related to the artist herself and her surroundings, the collection on display is an ongoing project, based on many personal experiences. The exhibition runs until 5 May


5, Tahrir Street, next to Cairo Club, Cairo.

 

Fragment of a work by Amira Parree, part of
Fragment of a work by Amira Parree, part of 'Between existence and nonexistence' exhibition at Mahmoud Mokhtar museum (Photo: courtesy of the artist)

 

Toys: Hany Rashed at Mashrabia


Hany Rashed presents his latest collection of artworks in what will be his ninth solo exhibit at the Mashrabia Gallery downtown. In Toys, the artist tackles the assumption that human beings in contemporary society exist with a freedom that is limited by constraints, and therefore resemble toys. Rashed presents a world of plastic objects in this exhibition, paradoxically responding to contemporary reality through creating inanimate toys. The exhibition opened on 13 April and runs until 15 May.


8 Champollion Street, Downtown, Cairo

 

Artwork by Hany Rashed. (Photo: courtesy of Mashrabia Gallery)
Artwork by Hany Rashed. (Photo: courtesy of Mashrabia Gallery)

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