​Don't miss Ebdaa and Garden of Art galleries' group exhibition

Reham El-Adawi , Tuesday 21 May 2024

Ibrahim Ghazala s artwork at Ebdaa gallery
Ibrahim Ghazala s artwork at Ebdaa gallery

Access art space

10 El-Nabrawy St, Off Champollion St, Downtown, Tel 012 73714371/ 012 27981899
“Eyes closed: Everything You See is Yours” cities are built on dreams and hopes, and on visions of the future, to shape society brick by brick. But who has the privilege to dream? Which hands create arenas for life to unfold? Who shapes what and for what purposes or values?
The world's oldest building material - brick - holds stories that go beyond mere form and function. Bricks are the basic building blocks of civilization. It explores the city of Cairo through red bricks and deconstructs the societal challenges it reveals openly or hides behind fabricated facades. Curated by designers Birgitte Severin and Guillaume Noy-Rinaudeau, the interdisciplinary exhibition creates tangible dialogues between their work and that of a group of visual artists, photojournalists and urban researchers. It consists of two parts: the first four rooms deconstruct the present, while the fifth and final room is an open invitation to build, imagine and contemplate the desired future. The exhibition is held in cooperation with the Goethe-Institute Cairo. Participating artists:
Ahmed Abdullah, Ibrahim Ahmed, Lara Baladi, CLUSTER, Something Fantastic Marc Angelil and Charlotte Maltier Part, in collaboration with Mahmoud Khaled, Mohamed Kotb, and Studio by Severine (9-26 May).


American University in Cairo 

New Cairo Campus, Abdul Latif Jameel Hall, Plaza Level, Tel 02 2615 3318

Sharjah Gallery

"Cmd X" is the graphic design programme's senior show. The exhibition explores themes including equality and social impact, reimagining cultural heritage, sustainability and future experiences. 

CmdX is a computer shortcut used to cut an item from one environment and place it in another. The term carries several meanings in this exhibition. It symbolizes the conclusion or cut of the students' time in academia. The X reflects the end of this chapter in their educational journey, marking their transition from students to professionals ready to make their mark on the world 

(12 May-30 September).




Arkan Plaza, Extension of Sheikh Zayed District, Giza, Tel 010 66860098/010 66500748

"Summer Showcase" a collective exhibition by the likes of Eman Hussein, Yasmine Shash, Amr El-Kafrawy, Ibrahim El-Haddad, Nihal Tamraz, and Rana Samir (11 May-1 June).   



Cairo Opera Complex

Gezira Exhibition Grounds, Zamalek

Salah Taher gallery

Tel 02 2739 0132/0144

"Art Blends Egypt and Ecuador" is a miscellaneous exhibition of acrylic, aquarelle, black ink and oil paintings (20-27 May).   

Music Library (Ziad Bakir) gallery

"Harmony of Colours" painting exhibition showcases different art media by Amira Ghaly (19-27 May). 

"Between Stars" painting exhibition by Egyptian-Swedish artist Philip Andrasevic (19-27 May).

Open-Air Theatre 

Part of ‘K-Movement’, a hybrid Korean culture week, an exhibition is held for Korea's traditional mask dance and traditional masks ‘Talchum’, which are registered as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2022. Audience will be able to explore Korean traditional masks and their rich history. Korean Traditional Mask Dance ‘Talchum’, is a unique art technique that combines Korean history, tradition, faith, and folk elements. Korea’s Talchum is a comprehensive artistic performance that encompasses dance, singing, and theatre. Dancers wear masks of people, ghosts, and animals and exchange cheers with the audience while satirizing and criticizing the world, making for a humorous and unique performance (24 May).



Czech Embassy

4 Al Dokki St, Dokki, Giza, Tel 02 33339700 

“My Green Homeland” exhibition of painting by Jaroslava Bičovská is organized as part of "SABBART" event, a blend of "Sabbar" (Arabic for "cactus") and "art," explores how arts and culture can shape a more sustainable future (8 May-10 August).



4 Amrika Al-Latiniya St, Garden City, Tel 02 2796 2881/ 2794 7951

"The Art's Spirit" group exhibition's guest of honor is Mohamed El-Azhary (11-30 May).  


Ebdaa Gallery and Garden of Art Gallery

Al Rabwa Mall, Al Rabwa Compound Gate 3, El-Sheikh Zayed.

Daily from 12noon to 8pm except Fridays

"Selections" group exhibition is presented by Ebdaa gallery and Garden of Art gallery (closing 28 May).



French Cultural Institute

Madrasset Al-Huquq Al Frinseya St, Mounira, Tel 02 2791 5800

“Death Bloom: Erased Chlorophyllic Memory” exhibition by Omnia Sabry is hosted by the EUNIC Cluster Egypt, as part of SABBART. It investigates the uncertain future of the historical Orman garden in Cairo as it faces risk of erasure due to impending development plans. In the exhibition, Sabry symbolically reconstructs the Orman garden through film, photography, plant presses, archival materials, and a newly-made leporello 

(26 May-12 June).



Gezira Arts Centre

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

"Sushi: Cultural Heritage – I Love Sushi" travelling exhibition aims to provide an in-depth visual guide to the appeal of sushi. It includes the chance to learn about how Japan took in sushi in its original form, how it modified sushi to suit the natural environment, culture, and lifestyles of individual areas. It also introduces today’s vibrant sushi culture, and it encourages us to think about the potential of sushi as a food for the future in the light of contemporary food issues. Well-known today throughout the world as healthy food that is simple, refined, and pleasing to the eye, sushi is the archetypal example of washoku—Japanese cuisine—which UNESCO has inscribed on its Intangible Cultural Heritage list. The exhibition includes a simulation of a visit to a sushi shop in Japan 

(8 May-2 June). 


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.


Mashrabia Gallery of Contemporary Art

15 Mahmoud Bassiouny St, Downtown, Cairo, Tel 02 2578 4494,   

open daily from 11am to 8pm except Fridays

"Freestyle Cairo" exhibition captures the artistic dialogue between painter Essam Alaa and photographer Luigerman 

(19 May - 12 June). 



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

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

“Sultan Fair: Egyptian-Sudanese Handicrafts Fusion” exhibition 

offers cross-cultural artistic dialogue between Egyptian and Sudanese handicrafts makers. On show will be a wide range of handcrafted objects and modern products of everyday use made to revive both Egyptian and Sudanese crafts (Saturday 25 May, 2pm). 



Medrar for Contemporary Art 

10 Gamal Abul Mahassen St, 8th Floor, Garden City, Cairo, daily from 4 to 9pm, except Fridays, Tel 02 27957714

"Sarcastic Facts" paintings by Nour Elgalay (15 May- 3 June). 



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

Hall I

"Light" exhibition of painting by Dina Fadel (12-30 May).  

Hall II

"Entangled Tales" a group exhibition of sculpture by a galaxy of emerging artists (12-30 May).  



14 El-Saleh Ayoub St, Zamalek, Tel 02 2735 8900/0111232 4002 

"The Beauty of Printmaking- Graphic Art" graphic paintings by Ahmed Nawwar (18 May- 30 July). 


Yassin art gallery

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

"The Flag" exhibition of paintings by artist Ahmed Nawwar 

(closing 31 May). 





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 23 May, 2024 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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