Cairo Opera Complex
Gezira Exhibition Grounds, Zamalek
Salah Taher gallery
Tel 02 2739 0132/0144
Sculpture exhibition organized by Ecuador embassy
(closing 25 December).
Sculpture exhibition by Atef Abdel-Shafy (26-31 December).
Music Library (Ziad Bakir) gallery
Exhibition of paintings by artist Abeer Abdel-Qader
(closing 25 December).
Oil paintings by Seham Ali (21-28 December).
23 B Ismail Mohamed St, Zamalek, Tel 02 2736 6239/0100 2155702
“European Collectibles”, a group exhibition of masterpieces by European artists (19 December- 19 January 2022).
French Cultural Institute
Madrasset Al-Huquq Al Frinseya St, Mounira, Tel 02 2791 5800
“Aida and Mariette” exhibition showcases thirty sketches and drawings of costumes and sets for the first performance of Aida opera on 24 December, 1871 in Cairo. They are produced by the hand of Egyptologist Auguste Mariette, or targeted by him, and show the precision of the artist and his quest to make this pharaonic opera “real”
(2 December- 19 February 2022).
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.
18 Al-Mansour Mohamed St, Zamalek, Tel 02 2735 3349/01000 694940“Egyptian Sonnet”, painting exhibition by late artist Abdel-Wahab Morsy (1931-2021), Azza Abou-Al-Souad, and Abdel-Rahman Elborgy (closing 30 December).
Behler’s Mansion, 157b, 26 July St, ground floor, Zamalek, Tel 02 2736 8537/0100 067 0705
“Linking Point”, recent abstract paintings by Hazem Taha Hussein. The exhibition was produced during the COVID-19 pandemic
(12 December- 11 January 2022).
Mashrabia Gallery of Contemporary Art
15 Mahmoud Bassiouny St, Qasr Al-Nile, Downtown, First Floor, Tel 02 25750353 / 0100 1704554
“The Cluster Genesis”, artworks by Amr Ali (closing 30 December).
The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC)
El-Fustat Road, Ein El-Sira, Cairo, opening hours Saturdays to Thursdays 9am-5pm, Fridays 9am-5pm & 6-9pm, Tel 02 2741 2273
“Eternal Egypt” exhibition by Farid Fadel showcases 60 paintings and drawings inspired by ancient Egypt (8 December-31 January 2022).
30 Hassan Assem off Brazil St, Zamalek, Tel 02 2736 7544
Paintings by Samir Fouad (20 December-14 January).
Paintings by Dina Fadel (20 December-14 January).
13 Brazil St, 1st Floor, Zamalek, Tel 0111294 7336
“Welding” iron sculptures by Hossam Hussein (closing 26 December).
Tahrir Cultural Centre (TCC)
AUC Tahrir Square
“Van Leo’s Legacy” is celebrating Egypt’s premiere 20th-century studio photographer Van-Leo’s 100th birthday, with a season-long extended exhibition displaying a rare selection from AUC’s Rare Books and Special Collections Library. The exhibit exclusively features more than 150 photographs that include some of his iconic portraits that are showcased for the first time as well as some of his personal studio furniture, including his art déco desk and the plateau on which he displayed his portraits for four decades, in an attempt to recreate his studio. Open daily from 10am to 9pm
(20 November- 20 February 2022).
Margo Veillon Gallery
Graphic design legend Paul Rand was among the most influential designers, who led the American design reformation wave. When Rand died at eighty-two (1914-1996), his career had spanned six decades, three generations, and numerous chapters of design history. Twenty-five years after his passing, Nagla Samir and Daniel Lewandowski celebrate his work and legacy in the Middle East with a retrospective exhibition and book, with contributions by Jayme Odgers, Tom Hardy, Jessica Helfand, and Bob Burns, detailing Paul Rand's extraordinary thoughts and processes (11 December- 20 January 2022).
“She’s Always Inspiring” exhibition is an archival glimpse into the history of women performing arts pioneers held in partnership with She Arts festival. A collection of vintage photographs, clippings from magazines, advertisements, and press books that touch the surface of career stories of some of the icons of the Egyptian entertainment industry over the 20th century. The women whose spirit, business acumen and most of all artistry engaged audiences, changed narratives, and continue to provide a lasting legacy that inspires current and future generations (9 September- 20 January 2022).
Sheikh Zayed, Inside Mall of Arabia, open every day, Gate 17, first floor opposing Ikea floor, Saturdays-Wednesdays 10am to 10pm, weekends: 10am to 11pm
“Capture” group show starts a dialogue between the viewer, the artwork and the space surrounding it. When the right artwork is hung in a space, it shifts the energy and it becomes the focal point of that space. It can contrast or match with its surroundings, evoking emotions and provoking the mind (closing 31 December).
KM 28, Cairo-Alexandria Desert Road, Abu Rawash, Giza, Tel 01000773860
The 7th exceptional edition of Cairo Art Fair (CAF) is hosted by TAM gallery. With more than 150 artists participating this year, the gallery walls will be adorned with over 1500 new and stunning contemporary artworks; catering to everyone’s tastes with an incredible range of prices, styles, techniques and concepts. Both prominent and emerging artists will be showcasing their work in a synergized setting; breaking the boundaries of format, participation, duration and presentation, and presenting an honest reflection of today’s Egyptian art scene. The artworks will periodically change throughout the duration of the show
(3 December -31 January 2022).
Zamalek Art gallery
11 Brazil St, Zamalek, Tel 02 2735 1240
“Narrative” exhibition of painting by George Fikry
(closing 30 December).
“Hidden Visible” exhibition of sculpture by Sam Shendi
(closing 30 December).
“Hymns of Survival” exhibition of painting by Mostafa Rabie
(closing 30 December).
Chatby, Alexandria 21526, Tel (03) 4839999
A permanent exhibition on the results of the Archaeological Mission of the University of Turin in Nelson Island.
Planetarium Science Centre, BA Main Building
“Ancient Greek Science and Technology” exhibition is hosted by the Planetarium Science Centre of the Cultural Communication Sector at the BA. This touring exhibition is held in cooperation with the Hellenistic Studies Centre in the Academic Research Sector, and the Museum Technology in Thessaloniki (NOESIS), and sponsored by the General Secretariat of Greeks Abroad, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Greece. It reviews the development of Greek knowledge in many scientific fields that have achieved multiple technical and technological achievements such as basic technologies, astronomy, exploration and communication, body and mind, arts, architecture, and self-employment. Open daily to the public from 10am-3pm; except on Fridays, Saturdays and official holidays
(31 October 2021- 31 January 2022).
*A version of this article appears in print in the 23 December, 2021 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.