El Montaza El Geded St, in front of Abdeen Palace, Abdeen Sq, Downtown
“Austria and the Arab World: A Journey of a Thousand Years”, did you know that the Austro-Hungarian Empire was a centre of tarboush production in the 19th century, and that 80% of all the tarboushes worn in Egypt back then were imported from Austria? Or, that Austria’s first giraffe ever was a present by Mohamed Ali Pasha in 1828? The exhibition will take you on an intriguing journey through the past centuries, revealing the tight relations between Austria and Egypt. Daily from 9am till midnight, entrance fee is 5LE (closing 12 December).
Cairo Opera Complex
Gezira Exhibition Grounds, Zamalek
Salah Taher gallery
Tel 02 2739 0132/0144
Sculpture exhibition by Ibrahim Ahmed (6-12 December).
Music Library (Ziad Bakir) gallery
“My Grandma’s House, Memories of Childhood and Youth” a group show of paintings by artists of the Free Art Group (6-12 December).
French Cultural Institute
Madrasset Al-Huquq Al Frinseya St, Mounira, Tel 02 2791 5800
“Origami Workshop with Lamia Gouda”, the workshop designed for children aged 6 and above, teaches you how to make Christmas paper decorations without glue or scissors; only by following the origami technique. This purely playful-looking art helps in the development of memory, patience and coordination of movements
(Friday 10 December, 12pm).
Italian/Egyptian Centre for Restoration and Antiquities (CIERA)
31 Al Suyuffeya St, Al Helmeya, Cairo, visitors are welcomed by appointments so contact the manager Mr. Salah Ramadan 0100 8716067
Architectural complex of the Mevlevi Dervish “Samaa Khana, Restorations and Restorers” permanent exhibition of the activities of the working/formation sites for the restoration and recovery of the monuments. Visitors are welcomed during the opening hours determined by the Ministry of Antiquities.
This year the IIC Cairo participates in the Contemporary Art Day, organized by the Association of Italian Contemporary Art Museums. For this occasion, a series of video interviews with Egyptian and Italian gallery owners, curators and artists will be made available on the channels of this Institute (Saturday 11 December 2021, Online).
18 Al-Mansour Mohamed St, Zamalek, Tel 02 2735 3349/01000 694940“Egyptian Sonnet”, painting exhibition by late artist Abdel-Wahab Morsy (1931-2021), Azza Abou-Al-Souad, and Abdel-Rahman Elborgy (7-30 December).
Behler’s Mansion, 157b, 26 July St, ground floor, Zamalek, Tel 02 2736 8537/0100 067 0705
“Linking Point”, recent abstract paintings by Hazem Taha Hussein. The exhibition was produced during the COVID-19 pandemic
(12 December- 11 January 2022).
Mashrabia Gallery of Contemporary Art
15 Mahmoud Bassiouny St, Qasr Al-Nile, Downtown, First Floor, Tel 02 25750353 / 0100 1704554
“The Cluster Genesis”, artworks by Amr Ali (1- 30 December).
Museum of Modern Egyptian Art
Cairo Opera House Grounds, Gezira, Zamalek, Tel 02 2736 6667/65
Al-Bab Selim Hall
“The Drain of Kuft, From Childhood Stories”, exhibition of paintings by Abdel-Wahab Abdel-Mohsen (30 November-11 December).
The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC)
El-Fustat Road, Ein El-Sira, Cairo, opening hours Saturdays to Thursdays 9am-5pm, Fridays 9am-5pm & 6-9pm, Tel 02 2741 2273
“Eternal Egypt” exhibition by Farid Fadel showcases 60 paintings and drawings inspired by ancient Egypt (8 December-31 January 2022).
30 Hassan Assem off Brazil St, Zamalek, Tel 02 2736 7544
A solo exhibition of paintings by Ihab Shaker (3-18 December).
“Dreamers”, paintings by Dina Targam (3-18 December).
Villa No 39 Al Narges 35th settlement, 90's St, in front of Lake View Compound, New Cairo, Tel 0122 0000035
“Egyptian Soul”, paintings by Ahmed Chiha (closing 16 December).
Tahrir Cultural Centre (TCC)
AUC Tahrir Square
“Van Leo’s Legacy” is celebrating Egypt’s premiere 20th-century studio photographer Van-Leo’s 100th birthday, with a season-long extended exhibition displaying a rare selection from AUC’s Rare Books and Special Collections Library. The exhibit exclusively features more than 150 photographs that include some of his iconic portraits that are showcased for the first time as well as some of his personal studio furniture, including his art déco desk and the plateau on which he displayed his portraits for four decades, in an attempt to recreate his studio. Open daily from 10am to 9pm
(20 November- 20 February 2022).
Sheikh Zayed, Inside Mall of Arabia, open every day, Gate 17, first floor opposing Ikea floor, Saturdays-Wednesdays 10am to 10pm, weekends: 10am to 11pm
“Capture” group show starts a dialogue between the viewer, the artwork and the space surrounding it. When the right artwork is hung in a space, it shifts the energy and it becomes the focal point of that space. It can contrast or match with its surroundings, evoking emotions and provoking the mind (closing 31 December).
KM 28, Cairo-Alexandria Desert Road, Abu Rawash, Giza, Tel 01000773860
The 7th exceptional edition of Cairo Art Fair (CAF) is hosted by TAM gallery. With more than 150 artists participating this year, the gallery walls will be adorned with over 1500 new and stunning contemporary artworks; catering to everyone’s tastes with an incredible range of prices, styles, techniques and concepts. Both prominent and emerging artists will be showcasing their work in a synergized setting; breaking the boundaries of format, participation, duration and presentation, and presenting an honest reflection of today’s Egyptian art scene. The artworks will periodically change throughout the duration of the show
(3 December -31 January 2022).
20 Hassan Sabry St, (entrance from Ibn Zinki St), Zamalek, Tel 0100 2792223
“Licorice” exhibition of paintings by Dina Abdel-Nabi
(closing 11 December).
“ABI Park” exhibition of paintings by Omar Gabr
(closing 11 December).
Zamalek Art gallery
11 Brazil St, Zamalek, Tel 02 2735 1240
“Narrative” exhibition of painting by George Fikry (5-30 December).
“Hidden Visible” exhibition of sculpture by Sam Shendi
“Hymns of Survival” exhibition of painting by Mostafa Rabie
F8, Strip Mall-Sodic, Waslet Dahshour Road, Beverly Hills, Sheikh Zayed, 6th of October, Tel 02 38863961/0111 2304440
“Sun”, mixed media on canvas by Shaaban Al-Hosseiny
Chatby, Alexandria 21526, Tel (03) 4839999
A permanent exhibition on the results of the Archaeological Mission of the University of Turin in Nelson Island.
Planetarium Science Centre, BA Main Building
“Ancient Greek Science and Technology” exhibition is hosted by the Planetarium Science Centre of the Cultural Communication Sector at the BA. This touring exhibition is held in cooperation with the Hellenistic Studies Centre in the Academic Research Sector, the Science Centre, and the Museum Technology in Thessaloniki (NOESIS), and sponsored by the General Secretariat of Greeks Abroad, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Greece. It reviews the development of Greek knowledge in many scientific fields that have achieved multiple technical and technological achievements such as basic technologies, astronomy, exploration and communication, body and mind, arts, architecture, and self-employment. It aims to present the fields of science and important arts, technological achievements in the ancient Greek world, the influence of those achievements, their contributions, and their fundamental role in the development of Western civilization. Open daily to the public from 10am-3pm; except on Fridays, Saturdays and official holidays (31 October 2021- 31 January 2022).
101 Al-Horreya road, Bab Sharq, Alexandria, Tel 03 3920214
“The Andalusians in Cairo”, a photography exhibition held in cooperation between the Cervantes Institute and the Camera Club of the Alexandria Atelier Cultural Association. The exhibition is as a result of a workshop organised by the Spanish researcher specialised in the history of Andalusians in Cairo, Pedro Ignacio Del Castillo, director of the Camera Club, and photographer Mohamed Fawzy Ali, about the Andalusians who lived in Egypt. They are Sidi Abdullah bin Abi Jamra, Sidi Mohamed bin Sayed Al-Nas, Al-Sadat Al-Malikiyah Mosque, Sidi Hassan Al-Tastari Mosque, Khadra Al-Sharifa Mosque, Sidi Mohamed Al-Shatibi Mosque, and Moussa bin Maimon mausoleum
(closing 16 December).
*A version of this article appears in print in the 9 December, 2021 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.