Fragment of artwork by Ahmed Morsi (Photo: part of promotional material for the exhibition)
Ahmed Morsi will host a solo exhibition titled ‘You Closed Your Eyes in Order to See the Unseen’ at Gypsum Gallery, opening on 27 October.
The exhibition will feature an extensive collection from the Morsi’s old and recent works that were created between 1974 and 20012, including paintings, drawings, poetry, prints, photography, and an artist’s book.
Morsi is an Alexandrian, New-York-based artist, art critic and poet with a career spanning 70 years.
The title of the show is from a poem the artist wrote in his diwan “Dress Rehearsal for a Season in Hell” in 2001.
Alexandria is featured strongly in the work of Morsi, through its literary and fabled history, which finds its way into his work as he juxtaposes it against elements from New York.
There are references to ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman mythologies such as Cleopatra, Isis and Osiris, in addition to tributes to the Greek Alexandrian poet C.P. Cavafy and Egyptian artist Abdel Hady El-Gazzar.
According to Gypsum’s biography of the artist, in the 1950s Morsi simultaneously studied literature at Alexandria University alongside painting at the studio of Italian master Silvio Becchi, before moving to New York in 1974.
His work is in public collections including the Egyptian Museum of Modern Art, the Alexandria Museum of Fine Arts, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Sharjah Art Foundation, Barjeel Art Foundation and in various notable private collections in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, France, England and the United States.
The exhibition opens on 27 October at 7.30pm and runs till 2 December
Gypsum Gallery, 5 Ibrahim Naguib St., Ground Floor, Apt. 2, Garden City, Cairo