​“Something Else III” unique exhibition at Salaheddin Citadel is a must see

Reham El-Adawi , Tuesday 12 Dec 2023

Stella Jae s ceramics on show at Something Else III exhibition
Stella Jae s ceramics on show at Something Else III exhibition


American University in Cairo

New Cairo Campus

Sharjah Art Gallery

The AUC Visual Arts Programme presents the first Visual Arts Open Exhibition. This show offers a unique opportunity for all participating students to showcase their creative work with the broader AUC community (7- 28 December, open daily from 9am-3.30pm, excluding official holidays and weekends).




25 Orabi St, off Port Said, Maadi, Tel 010 19222220

“Journey of Emotions: A Reflection of Life’s Tapestry” exhibition of artworks by Amir Abdel-Ghany (13 December-10 January). 



Cairo Opera Complex

Gezira Exhibition Grounds, Zamalek

Salah Taher gallery

Tel 02 2739 0132/0144

“Three Decades” a retrospective exhibition of painting by Amany Zahran (closing 16 December). 

Exhibition by Salwa Roushdy and Ahmed El-Wakeel 

(18-27 December).  

Music Library (Ziad Bakir) gallery

Exhibition by Gamal Abdel-Wahab (17-23 December). 



Gezira Arts Centre

1 Al-Sheikh Al-Marsafi St, Zamalek, Tel 02 2737 3298

“Stories Woven from Silk” exhibition of paintings by Ekram Omar (13-24 December). 



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.



Karim Francis 

1 Al-Sherifein St, 3rd St right off Kasr Al-Nile St, Downtown, Tel 0100 667 4823

“El Wadi (the valley)” exhibition of bronze, stone, wood and etamine sculptures by Maged Mekhail (closing 21 December).  



Mashrabia Gallery of Contemporary Art

15 Mahmoud Bassiouny St, Downtown, Cairo, Tel 02 2578 4494, open daily from 11am to 8pm except Friday

“Magazib (Bewitched)” exhibition by Ahmed Nosseir. Haunted by the ghosts of conversations, fatal encounters, and fallen spirits, Nosseir creates a chain of metaphors that appear in infinite variations in his upcoming exhibition Magazib. Unfamiliar figures illuminated in a hazy light represent an intangible force, one that cannot be captured even in painting (3 December - 3 January).



Maqas Maq’d of Sultan Al-Ashraf Qaitby (MASQ)

Darb Al-Saqia St, behind Qaitbay Mosque, City of the Dead, Tel 01226569944

A Christmas event at the MASQ will include shopping, sightseeing, art, and music in a historical context. The day will start at 12pm with #VisitQaitbey Photo Walk around the Desert of the Mamluks. Architect Amr Adel Abu-Tawila will take you through the narrow alleyways to see some of the most stunning heritage architecture. Places are limited, register here and join us in this significant experience: https://forms.gle/LfT4E9ecAc75kzsg7

At 1pm starts the MASQ Christmas Fair 2023. It will be an excellent opportunity to get this year’s gifts. The afternoon will be the time to enjoy the Timeless Pixels: Exhibition by Nadiya Spiller at Craftastic! who will show some of her art in this historic venue. Spiller is exploring the combination of texture and pixel design in her paintings in acrylic. The highlight of the day will take place at 4.30pm at MASQ with the opening of the exhibition “World Beyond Cairo” by Jaroslaw Dobrowolski, architect and partner at ARCHiNOS. You will be able to travel to remote places beyond Cairo through Dobrowolski’s impressive line drawings 

(Saturday 16 December, 12pm-6.30pm). 



14 Mohamed Anis St, facing Hilton Hotel, Zamalek, Tel 02 2736 6204

“Narratives” trio exhibition of painting by Maha Osman, Ghada Abu-Hadid and Nadia El-Kholy (10-24 December).  



30 Hassan Assem off Brazil St, Zamalek, Tel 02 2736 7544

“Towers” exhibition of sculptures by Ahmed El-Askalany 

(closing 17 December).

“Inner Voice” exhibition of paintings by Asmaa Samy  

(closing 17 December).



Salaheddin Citadel

Salah Salem Rd, Mokattam, Cairo, Tel 02 2512 1735

“Something Else III” is an exceptional artistic celebration, under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the Egypt Tourism Authority, where the vast historic Saladin Citadel is decorated for the first time for a whole month to display the latest contemporary works of art, including drawing, photography, sculpture, by more than 150 local and international artists, where history meets modernity in one place. The third edition entitled “What Then?” is envisioned by Darb 1718, and Citadel Asset Management Company and also offers art performances, films, music, diverse workshops, street art, talks and lectures by local as well as international artists and art connoisseurs taking place in many different art and cultural spaces in Cairo. The event aims to attract international attention to Egypt as a vibrant art producer within the regional and international art scene. Curators will be led by Simon Njami. The exhibits will include the sustainability and the climate crisis as thematic areas to explore

As part of "Something Else", the Goethe-Institute Cairo presents the collective exhibition “Room 20”, which combines works from Egyptian artist Nourhan Maayouf, German photographer Valentin Goppel and Egyptian multidisciplinary artist Mo Al Dee. It showcases Goppel’s photo series “Between the Years”, Maayouf’s her interactive online performance “Wanna Squeeze?” as well as Al Dee’s video installation work “Portraits from the East”. 

The exhibition “Room 20” uses this opportunity to look back to the years in-between since the outbreak of Corona Virus and to present those works that have been created amidst this historical caesura that has left its mark in human biographies worldwide: The pandemic stands exemplified for a paralyzing time in world history, that shattered human interaction, leading to a collective feeling of anxiety and loneliness. At the same time, online-communication became an important – albeit limited – tool for interpersonal connection. The photographic and video works on display portray the challenges and consequences of isolation, following three artists from Egypt and from Germany in their endeavor to confront the paralyzing pandemic state through creativity and activity, while at the same time creating important testimonies of this historical caesura (24 November- 23 December).




6 Brazil St, Zamalek, Tel 012 70169291

“Layers of Love” exhibition of painting by Ibrahim Khatab 

(5 December - 2 January). 




214 the end of Al-Hegaz St, Masr Al-Gedida, Tel 2623 5026/012 22736389

The gallery’s winter collective exhibition showcases artworks by late and living artists such as Salah Taher, Omar El-Nagdy, Adel-Sabet, Gamal Meleka, Mohamed Youssef, Georges Bahgory, Farouk Shehata, Amany Zahran and many more

(16-31 December).



Tahrir Cultural Centre (TCC) 

Al-Sheikh Rihan St, off Tahrir Square, Tel 02 2615 2694/01280009077

Margo Veillon Gallery

“Japanese Design Today 100” product design exhibition features approximately 100 outstanding products, mainly in the area of product design, from among the new Japanese design products created since 2000. In addition to designs for daily necessities (Mono), which directly reflect people's lifestyles and tastes, the exhibition will also feature designs for systems and services (Koto), which have been attracting attention in recent years, to show the latest trends and characteristics of Japanese design and introduce the current state of Japanese culture from a new perspective. Cairo is the first venue where this version of the exhibition will be held. 

(14 December- 9 January). 




20 Hassan Sabry St, (entrance from Ibn Zinki St), Zamalek, Tel 0100 2792223

Ground Floor

“An Introspective” bronze sculptures by Italian-Egyptian sculptor Omar Zaki (4 - 26 December). 

First Floor

The Hymn of the Valley” paintings by Ahmed El-Badawy 

(4 - 26 December).  



Yassin art gallery

159, 26th July St, Behind Diwan Bookstore, Zamalek, Tel 01271170035

“Dear Animal” exhibition of paintings by Yasser Gaessa 

(12 December- 4 January). 






Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Port Said St, Chatby, Alexandria 21526, Tel (03) 4839999 

Archeological Museum

A permanent exhibition on the results of the Archaeological Mission of the University of Turin in Nelson Island.

* A version of this article appears in print in the 14 December, 2023 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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