Art Alert: The Visual Memory of Al-Ahram over 140 years

Ahram Online , Thursday 14 Apr 2016

A new art exhibition at Al-Ahram Art Gallery displays a selection of Al-Ahram's art collection that comprises of over 750 artworks

art piece for the late Egyptian artist Mahmoud Saied
Painting by the late Egyptian artist Mahmoud Said (Photo: Al Ahram collection)

The Visual Memory exhibition, which opens 16 April at Al-Ahram Establishment Art Gallery, celebrates the 140th anniversary of the founding of Al-Ahram.

The exhibition displays a selection of the art in Al-Ahram's possession. Al-Ahram's collection includes over 750 art pieces, paintings, sculptures, and graphic pieces by Egyptian leading artists, representatives of the modern and contemporary arts scene.

Among the many works, some are by iconic masters such as painters Mahmoud Said (1897-1964), Ragheb Ayad (1892-1982), Salah Taher (1911-2007), Gazbia Sirry (born 1925) and Inji Aflatoun (1924-1989), among many others.

Al-Ahram was founded on 5 August 1875 by two Lebanese brothers, Beshara Takla and Saleem Takla, and soon became the most widely circulating Egyptian daily newspaper.

Later, it expanded to become the biggest press establishment in Egypt and one of the leading press foundations in the Middle East and North Africa. Today, Al-Ahram publishes numerous newspapers and periodicals, in Arabic, English and French.

Exhibition opens on 16 April at 7pm
Al-Ahram Art Gallery, Al-Ahram (new building)
Galaa Street, Downtown, Boulaq, Cairo

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