During his recent visit to the Egyptian Museum of Modern Arts, Hamdy Abo El-Maaty, head of the Fine Arts Sector (FAS), stated that the goal is to reopen the museum fully during the current year. The museum, which houses many valuable works by Egyptian artists, has been closed most months since January 2011.
In November 2014, the FAS announced a partial opening of the museum. But only two small rooms on the second floor in addition to the main hall area on the ground floor, were made accessible to visitors, and not on regular basis.
“The museum contains a unique collection of artworks that act as a mirror for Egyptian modern art, especially starting in the 20th century with many names that remain icons and stars in creativity,” Abo El-Maaty commented during his visit.
“Undoubtedly the generation of pioneers that helped shape the modern art movement in Egypt, with their creations leading the field locally and regionally. In addition to historical works, the museum also houses important contemporary works.”
On the museum's development plan, Abo El-Maaty underscored importance of "preserving our culture and heritage."
"Our vision is to plan realistic and practical steps to preserve and enhance this building, with as much care as its contents deserve; content that represents Egyptian artists and an artistic panorama that brings all generations together."
Abo El-Maaty stressed that the museum gives to researchers and enthusiasts an opportunity to learn about the modern art movement in Egypt, as represented by many important artists and their works.
Hamdy Abu El Maaty visits the closed Egyptian Museum of Modern Arts (Photo: courtesy of the Visual Arts sector)