Hamdy Abdallah’s show of drawings at Gezira Arts Centre is a must see

Reham El-Adawi , Wednesday 20 Oct 2021

Hamdy Abdallah s work on show at Gezira Arts Centre
Hamdy Abdallah s work on show at Gezira Arts Centre

D-CAF (1-22 October) 

This ninth edition of D-CAF (Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival) spotlights a world-class selection of new media artworks:  groundbreaking pieces conceived at the intersection of art and technology. 

Victoria Rooftop House

“Embraces” is an augmented reality exhibition created by award-winning Danish animator Sara Koppel. The exhibition comprises thirteen artful illustrations, each featuring an embracing couple. By downloading an app and holding their smartphones up to the drawings, viewers can watch a series of fantastical stop-frame animations unfold from the artworks. The short films shed light on a universal truth that transcends ages, borders, and even species: all living creatures share an essential need for love, warmth, and embrace (closing 21 October). 


“NYX” is a thrill-eliciting sensory dive into an immersive simulation, conceptualized by media designer and animator Marcell Andristyak and produced by the Hungarian studio Glowing Bulbs. The multi-projector interactive installation invites audiences to embark on an eerie voyage through the depths of a misty woodland populated with fantastical creatures. On this journey, they become part of a quest for light in the shadowy realms of night (closing 21 October). 


This year, D-CAF has put together The Virtual Reality Experience. This cutting-edge display includes an Oculus Quest installation curated by VR expert Omar Kamel and a world-class selection of VR films presented in collaboration with the French Institute in Egypt. The showcase will include music, dance and creative activities; games, films, and documentaries tackling a range of topics from wildlife to social justice and awareness —a stunning line-up promising to enchant visitors of all tastes and from all walks of life (closing 21 October). 

“Forgotten as if You Never Were” photography exhibition by Egyptian artist Hana Gamal. Gamal’s first solo exhibition takes its title from a Mahmoud Darwish poem. In keeping with the themes of the poem, the exhibition is a multilayered journey of memory, introspection, and reconciliation (closing 22 October).  

Art Corner

12 Sayed Al-Bakri St, from Brazil St, Zamalek, Tel 0122 2760212

A duet exhibition of paintings by Farouk Wagdy and wire sculptures by Galal Gomaa (17-30 October).   



4 Mohamed Anees St, in front of the Embassy of China, Zamalek, Tel 0100 3270364

“The Hunger”, a mural oil painting by Taha El-Korany (3-28 October).



Cairo International Art District (CIAD)

Art D’Égypte will take up to 12 spaces in Downtown, Cairo, creating the grand art concept “Cairo International Art District”, a city-wide art exhibition. The spaces in Downtown embrace contemporary art solo and group exhibitions, as well as independent projects.

The spaces in Downtown; include Kodak Passage, Cinema Radio, The Factory, 6 Shops, Access Art Space, and 36 Abdel-Khaleq Tharwat Street Shop. The spaces comprise a range of paintings, photography, sculptures, installations, video art, new media arts (holograms), and sound. CIAD will also host a series of public lectures, workshops, and talks targeting artists and art enthusiasts. These will be hosted by esteemed artists and academics in the field of art at Rawabet Space.

The event will be in parallel to Art D’Égypte’s latest International Exhibition by the Pyramids of Giza, “Forever is Now”, which is the first of its kind in the 4500-year-long history of the pyramids. This will be Art D'Égypte fourth edition and will be held under the auspices of the Ministry of Antiquities and Tourism, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the patronage of UNESCO. For this project, Art D’Égypte is also partnering with the Embassy of USA, the Embassy of Spain, the Embassy of Switzerland, the Italian Cultural Institute, and many more.

CIAD will include a diverse array of well-established artists from all over the world including Egyptian, American, Belgian, Brazilian, British, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Saudi Arabian, Spanish, Sudanese, and Swiss artists. The exhibition would also incorporate upcoming local Egyptian artists (closing 27 October). 



Cairo Opera Complex

Gezira Exhibition Grounds, Zamalek

Salah Taher gallery

Tel 02 2739 0132/0144

Oil paintings by Taher Abdel-Azim (closing 21 October). 

Oil paintings by Sarah Medhat (24 - 29 October).

Music Library (Ziad Bakir) gallery

Oil paintings by Elham Bakr (21- 27 October). 



Gezira Arts Centre

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

“Fatal Sequences”, an exhibition of drawings by Hamdy Abdallah (closing 25 October).  



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.




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

“Aspiration”, a group exhibition of painting and sculpture by Dalia Negm, Ahmed Magdy, Alia Eissa, Khoshoua El-Gohary, Omar Sedik and Toka Amr. The gallery will feature an artwork by special needs guest of honor Karim Fawzy (closing 28 October).



Mahmoud Mokhtar Culture Centre 

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

Isis Hall

A retrospective exhibition of paintings by Ahmed Hawwas 

(20-31 October). 

Nahdat Misr Hall

“Other Faces of the Self”, group exhibition of female artists, graduates of the Faculty of Art Education (20-31 October).   



Mashrabia Gallery of Contemporary Art

15 Mahmoud Bassiouny St, Qasr Al-Nile, Downtown, First Floor, Tel 02 25750353 / 0100 1704554

My Favorite Things 6”, My Favorite Things group exhibition started in 2016 as a small group exhibition, showing the artworks of three chosen women artists. In due course, it became an inclusive annual exhibition promoting and supporting up and coming women artists in Egypt. Its main aim is to guarantee for women to have a permanent and safe space, for exposure and free expression, keeping a high artistic quality based on originality and innovative thought (26 October - 23 November).




Museum of Modern Egyptian Art

Cairo Opera House Grounds, Gezira, Zamalek, Tel 02 2736 6667/65

Al-Bab Selim Hall

“Roots” paintings by artist Mustafa Eissa (19-30 October). 




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

Hall I

“Time Capsules”, exhibition of paintings by Asmaa El-Nawawy 

(10-27 October). 

Hall II 

“Impress”, sculptures by Nashaat Alousi (10-27 October).


Picasso East

Villa No 39 Al Narges 35th settlement, 90's St, in front of Lake View Compound, New Cairo, Tel 0122 0000035  

“The Skin of DNA”, paintings exhibition by Khaled Hafez and             
“Groovy Modules” exhibition of sculptures and installations
 by Hazem El-Mestikawy (17 October-6 November).



Km 28, Cairo-Alexandria Desert Road, Abu Rawash, Giza-Egypt, 0100 0773860, Regular visiting hours: Weekdays (Sun-Thurs):10am – 7pm, Saturdays: 12pm - 7pm 

“Daydreaming”, an exhibition dedicated to digital prints and photography (closing 23 October). 




Mall of Arabia, open every day, gate 17, first floor opposing Ikea floor,
Working hours: Weekdays: 10am to 11pm, Weekends: 10am to 12am

Boundless” exhibition features over 60 of Egypt’s best-loved artists showcasing some of their most exquisite works.




F8, Strip Mall-Sodic, Waslet Dahshour Road, Beverly Hills, Sheikh Zayed, 6th of October, Tel 02 38863961/0111 2304440

“The Willpower 2021”, paintings by Ahmed Nawwar 

(14 October- 4 November). 


Zamalek Art gallery

11 Brazil St, Zamalek, Tel 02 2735 1240

“Across the Journey”, paintings by Mustafa Al-Razzaz 

(17 October- 1 November). 



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 21 October, 2021 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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