Naguib Mahfouz and Gabriel García Márquez meet at “Cartoon Portraits” exhibition

Reham El-Adawi , Tuesday 8 Dec 2020

Arkan Al Zidi
Arkan Al Zidi's cartoon portrait of Mahfouz and Márquez

Ceramic and Traditional Handicrafts Centre

1 Al-Imam St, behind Amr bin Al-Aas Mosque, Al-Fustat, Old Cairo, Tel 02 2364 3103 

A permanent exhibition of the centre’s ceramic, brass, jewellery and khayameya products. 



3A, Degla St, off Furat St, Mohandessein, Tel 01111 665868

“Small Art Works”, a group show displays 300 artworks by 100 artists (closing 30 December). 



14 Alahrar St, off Albatal Ahmed Abdel-Aziz, Mohandeseen, Tel 02 3365 8028

“After Corona”, a group miscellaneous exhibition showcases artworks representing different art genres such as sculpture, painting, drawing, ceramic, poetry, and music that have been produced during Covid-19 quarantine time (closing 18 December).



The French Institute of Oriental Archaeology

37 Sheikh Ali Youssef St, Mounira, Tel 02 2797 1600

The French Institute in Egypt and the French Institute of Oriental Archeology are organizing the year-end exhibition. Exhibitors and libraries offer you various products and gift ideas, including decorative tools, books, hand-crafted products, glass painting, ceramics, jewellery, and more. Come find gift ideas to give to your family and friends during the end of the year holidays (12 and 13 December). 



Gezira Arts Centre

1 Al-Sheikh Al-Marsafi St, Zamalek, Tel 02 2737 3298/96

Ahmed Sabry Hall

“Vision”, oil paintings by Tayseer Hamed (closing 12 December).  

Ragheb Ayad Hall

“Soul Integration”, ceramics by Mohamed Saoudi

(closing 12 December).  



Al-Ghouri Caravansary

Imam Mohamed Abdou St, off Al-Muaaz St with Al-Azhar, Tel 02 2514 7475

Permanent exhibition of the handicraft centre’s products, including pottery, brass artworks and jewellery.



6 Al-Gumhouriya St, Abdin, Tel 02 2391 6769

“Variations”, paintings by Wael Hamdan (13 December-2 January). 



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.



Karim Francis Contemporary Art Gallery

1 Al-Sherifein St, 3rd St right off Kasr Al-Nile St, Downtown, Tel 0100 667 4823

“The First Life”, exhibition of painting and sculpture by Maged Mekhail (closing 26 November). 




15 Al Batal Ahmed Abdel-Aziz St, Mohandiseen, Tel 02 3304 0791/ 0122 8647511

Direction”, exhibition of paintings by artist Hosny Abou Bakr, Maya Shafie and Dina Mahmoud (14-24 December). 



23 Hassan Assem St, Zamalek, 02 2735 3538/ 012 00999448

“You” exhibition of paintings by Hossam Saqr (5-31 December).  


Magdoub Design Studio

21 Ismail Mohamed St, Zamalek, Tel 02 2737 0778

“Neurotransmitters”, paintings by Asmaa Elnawawy 

(closing 10 December). 


Mashrabia Gallery of Contemporary Art

10 and 15 Mahmoud Bassiouny St, Downtown, Tel 02 25784494

“Vitality”, first solo exhibition by video artist Marwan Elgamal

(2 December- 11 January).



4A Ibn Zankai St, from Hassan Sabri, Zamalek, Tel 02 2735 0604

“Free Devastation”, show of paintings by Islam Zaher

(closing 31 December). 


Mahmoud Mokhtar Culture Centre 

5 Tahrir St, beside Cairo Sporting Club, Tel 02 2735 1123 

Nahdat Misr Hall

“Cartoon Portraits” group exhibition commemorates the birthday anniversary of the late Naguib Mahfouz on 11 December. The idea of ​​the exhibition is inspired by one of the wishes of late novelist Naguib Mahfouz to meet late Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez, who is also a Nobel Prize laureate. The exhibition includes 110 cartoons by 100 artists from several countries including Egypt, Colombia, Mexico, Cuba, Brazil, Costa Rica, Peru, Uruguay, Spain, India China, Indonesia, and Russia (10-14 December). 



14 Mohamed Anis St, facing Hilton Hotel, Zamalek, Tel 02 2736 6204

“Old Alexandria”, oil paintings by Yasser Gaessa (6-19 December). 




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

Hall I

“Reflections” exhibition of paintings by Britt Boutros Ghali 

(closing 10 December). 



13 Brazil St, 1st Floor, Zamalek, Tel 0111294 7336

“Scrap Treasures”, sculptures from metal wires by Ammar Shiha 

(6-21 December).  


SOMA art

14 Maraashli St, Zamalek, 2nd floor, apartment 4, Zamalek, Tel 0122 2429292

“Alternatively Yours”, a group exhibition by Dina Jereidini, Farah Barakat, Youssef Ragheb, and Youssef Sabry

(13 December - 14 January).



Km 28,Cairo-Alexandria Desert Road, Abu Rawash, Giza-Egypt, 0100 0773860

TAM.Gallery presents the 6th edition of its Cairo Art Fair. It is the largest and most exciting art exhibition of contemporary art in Egypt where over 140 artists are participating with more than 1500 artworks. Many new artists will be taking this CAF edition by storm and the gallery’s roster of artists are coming in with spectacular new collections created just for Cairo Art Fair. Showcasing well-established artists alongside upcoming stars has always been one of the gallery’s unique strategies to present an honest reflection of today’s Egyptian art scene. The artwork will periodically change throughout the duration of the show (4 December-31 January).



20 Hassan Sabry St, (entrance from Ibn Zinki St), Zamalek, Tel 0100 2792223

Ground Floor & First Floor

“Bahagigo & Co”, an exhibition on the art of caricature by Bahgat Othman (1931 - 2001) and Badr Hamada (1935 - 2000) 

(6 December-2 January). 



Bibliotheca Alexandrina

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 10 December, 2020 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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