Video: Demolition order issued for iconic Nabil Darwish ceramics museum before Eid Al-Adha

Amira Noshokaty , Tuesday 11 Jun 2024

The family of renowned Egyptian pottery artist Nabil Darwish (1936-2002) has received a verbal demolition order from the Ministry of Transportation concerning the artist's museum south of Cairo, saying the order will be effective before Eid Al-Adha.

Family of pottery artist Nabil Darwish

 

Darwish's passion and doctoral thesis was on ancient Egyptian black ceramics. His works are nationally and internationally accredited and celebrated.

For almost a year now, his museum has been at risk of demolition to build a bridge and a small road off Sakkara Road in the Giza governorate.

His family’s efforts to stop the demolition were supported by the Ministry of Culture and members of the Egyptian parliament, with both issuing statements that verified its heritage value.

However, on Tuesday, the artist's daughter Sarah Nabil Darwish explained that despite all such positive feedback, the transportation ministry called them up and said it would push through the demolition order effectively sometime before Eid Al-Adha.

Although the exit of the bridge has already been built and the exit spared the premises, the ministry wants to demolish the iconic museum to make room for a small side route.

Watch the video of the museum, and listen to the whole story here.

 

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