Egyptian Queen Farida’s art to go on display 12 January

Ahram Online , Sunday 8 Jan 2017

The same day will inaugurate the Queen Farida Museum, and make available to researchers a library of books on Egypt's royal family

Paintings by Queen Farida (Photo: Al-Ahram Arabic)

The Shomooa Art and Culture Foundation is hosting an exhibition of Egypt’s late Queen Farida’s artworks 12 January.

Queen Farida, born Safinaz Zulficar, was the first wife of Egypt’s King Farouk, from 1938 to 1948. She died in Cairo in 1988 after suffering leukemia.

The exhibition will showcase 50 artworks by Queen Farida that are going on display for the first time, from what remains of her works that were partially stolen in the United States, according to Al-Ahram Arabic.

Queen Farida’s friend, writer Lotus Abdelkarim, wrote a book titled ‘Farida, Art and the Crown’ that was recently published and will be available in signed copies at the exhibitions opening.

The same day will also see the opening of the Queen Farida Museum, founded by Abdelkarim, which will house Farida’s personal objects, as well as voice and video recordings and portraits of her by other artists.

The exhibit will include a library of books published by the monarchy about the royal family, which add up to 5,000 publications in both Arabic and foreign languages. The books and library are to be made available for interested researchers and scholars.

El-Shomooa Hall, where the exhibition will take place, was founded by Abdelkarim and Queen Farida in 1986, and is reportedly one of the oldest private exhibition halls in Egypt.

Thursday 12 January, at 7pm
Shomooa Art and Culture Foundation, Villa 12, El-Horreya Square, Street 150, Maadi, Cairo

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