“Love these that my friend @jr just sent from Egypt,” American famous actress Angelina Jolie wrote in an Instagram post.
Jolie refered to French artist JR (a pseudonym for Jean René), who participates in the 4th large exhibition organised by Art D'Egypte and their first one held at the Pyramids.
Forever Is Now is held under the auspices of the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and Tourism, Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the patronage of UNESCO.
The exhibition represents a merging of ancient heritage and contemporary art at the oldest and last remaining of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, which today survives as a UNESCO world heritage site.
"Forever Is Now is an international art exhibition that both reflects the profound, global influence of ancient Egypt and draws on the ongoing inclusiveness of contemporary cultural practices," reads the Art D'Egypte website, adding that the display of works underscores how art is cross-cultural and how ancient Egypt has been a monumental source of inspiration for artists throughout history.
In the notes Nadine A. Ghaffar, French-Egyptian founder of Art D’Égypte comments that "I have always been in awe of this extraordinary ancient civilization that has influenced generations with discoveries in the sciences, arts, math, social justice, cultural development, and innovation. It is a civilization that managed to invent and build monuments that we as human beings to this day cannot fathom and have not been able to replicate. Egyptian culture is a gift to humanity."
The artists participating in the exhibition include names such as Alexander Ponomarev, Gisela Colón, João Trevisan, JR, Lorenzo Quinn, Moataz Nasr, Sherin Guirguis, Shuster + Moseley, Stephen Cox RA and HRH Prince Sultan Bin Fahad.