Art Alert: New works by Mohamed Taha Hussein at Gezira Art Centre

Ahram Online, Monday 5 May 2014

A solo exhibition featuring prominent visual artist Mohamed Taha Hussein opens 7 May at the Gezira Art Centre, where it will run until 28 May

Mohamed Taha Hussein. (Photo: Gezira Art Center)
Mohamed Taha Hussein. (Photo: Gezira Art Center)

New works by Egyptian sculptor and painter Mohamed Taha Hussein will be featured in a solo show dubbed Iphones in Blogs, opening at the Gezira Art Centre on 7 May.

Head of the Fine Arts Sector Salah El-Meligy said in a press release that "This exhibition is one of the most important shows organised by the sector this year due to the influence, value and prominence of visual artist Taha Hussein.

"His artistic journey attests to his love for life and for his work, and his limitless devotion to art and to those around him…He possesses a hefty creative energy that has helped him diversify the scope of his practice; he is the potter, the painter, the sculptor and the teacher," Meligy continued.

Taha Hussein (b. 1929) has been creating art for approximately six decades. After graduating from the Royal College for Applied Arts in 1951, he pursued further studies in Germany, ultimately acquiring a PhD in philosophy from the University of Cologne.

Throughout his career, he has explored sketching, calligraphy and abstract art, among other styles. He meanders from one art form to the other, passing through painting, photography, engraving, ceramics, sculpture, printing, and weaving.

At the age of 85, Taha Hussein is still venturing into unchartered territories with his art. With Iphones in Blogs at the Gezira Art Centre, the artist promises to surprise the public with an unconventional show.

According to Meligy, this exhibit will feature works "that [document] the artist's spontaneous and constant interaction with key events that have unfolded in Egypt throughout the past three years, and that reveal to us his reaction to such events as an Egyptian artist and intellectual."

The exhibition runs from 7 to 28 May
Ahmed Sabry Hall, Gezira Art Centre, 1 Al-Sheikh Al-Marsafy Street, Zamalek

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