25 Orabi St, off Port Said, Maadi, Tel 010 19222220
“Pareidolia- The Soundtrack of Real Life”, paintings by Marwan Sabra (10-30 January).
Cairo Opera Complex
Gezira Exhibition Grounds, Zamalek
Salah Taher gallery
Tel 02 2739 0132/0144
“The Journey” exhibition of oil, acrylic, collage and mixed media paintings by Ashraf Nassif (10-17 January).
Music Library (Ziad Bakir) gallery
“Egyptian Colours” exhibition of oil, acrylic and aquarelle paintings by Nadia Al-Sharqawi (10-17 January).
3A, Degla St, off Furat St, Mohandessein, Tel 01111 665868
“Insight”, group exhibition of portraits by 15 contemporary portraitists such as Samir Fouad, Mohamed Abla, Eman Hakim, Omnia Sayed, curated by Rania Khallaf (closing 20 January).
23 B Ismail Mohamed St, Zamalek, Tel 02 2736 6239/0100 2155702
“European Collectibles”, a group exhibition of masterpieces by European artists (closing19 January).
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”
(closing 19 February).
Gezira Arts Centre
1 Al-Sheikh Al-Marsafi St, Zamalek, Tel 02 2737 3298/96
“The Company, The Interview”, exhibition of paintings features Sameh Ismail, Mohamed Khedr, Mua’taz El-Imam, and Yasser Gaessa
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 27368687/0109 4005971
“Feminine Creativity”, group exhibition of female artists including
Aya Salah, Fatma Shaker, Mariam Sameh, Nadine Khaled, Youstina Fahmy (9-20 January).
23 Hassan Assem St, Zamalek, 02 2735 3538/ 012 00999448
“The Absurd” exhibition of paintings by Yasser Nabaiel, inspired by Albert Camus’s The Myth of Sisyphus (10 January-3 February).
80 Mohieddin Abul Ezz St, infront of the Shooting Club Gate 3, Dokki, Tel 02 3335 7507
“Rosy Dreams”, paintings by Abdel-Wahab Hawam (15-29 January).
Mashrabia Gallery of Contemporary Art
15 Mahmoud Bassiouny St, Qasr Al-Nile, Downtown, First Floor, Tel 02 25750353 / 0100 1704554
“Alexandria Blues”, solo exhibition of paintings by Amr Heiba
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 (closing 31 January).
“The World Art Forum”, the first edition of the largest international contemporary art event “The World Art Forum (WAF)”. The WAF is the largest international contemporary art event that adopts the sustainable development goals (SDGs) at the core of their mission.
The World Art Forum (WAF) – organized by Sheranda World Art, headed by visual artist Randa Fouad, and Jupiter Commz – reflects the link between contemporary art and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which in line with Egypt’s 2030 Vision. The forum aims to consolidate the relationship of art in general and contemporary art in particular with the development of a culture that promotes a more sustainable future playing a role in enriching human beliefs and the dimensions of human identity and its role in constructing it.
Held annually, the WAF sets itself apart from any other art fair or exhibition by bringing together east and west, north and south communicating through a global language…ART. It invites the organizations to join us to play a role in pushing forward the agenda of SDG through Art in Egypt and the world. We want to work together to bring equality, women empowerment and open dialogue on culture and how art plays a role of bringing those worlds together. The suggested format of the inaugural forum will be under the auspices of the Egyptian government in partnership with the United Nations Representative Office in Egypt.
WAF intends to build partnerships between artists, development partners and organizations on a local, regional and global level enhancing opportunities for integration of art and social issues. We want to bring artists together from all over the world to spread the message of how art plays an essential role in raising awareness about world issues and allows the conversation to take place towards a sustainable future that we are all part of. By choosing a cause we invite artists from all over the world to collaborate and present their artwork. Participating artists: Yusuke Akamatsu (Japan), Britt Boutros Ghali (Egypt), Nabeel Ali (Iraq), Philippe De Kraan (Australia), Shadi Abou Saada (Syria), Larissa Noury (France), Louis Ventura (USA), Adnan El-Ahmed (Bahrain) and many more (15-19 January).
30 Hassan Assem off Brazil St, Zamalek, Tel 02 2736 7544
Paintings by Samir Fouad (closing 14 January).
Paintings by Dina Fadel (closing 14 January).
Villa No 39 Al Narges 35th settlement, 90's St, in front of Lake View Compound, New Cairo, Tel 0122 0000035
“The Magic of the West Bank”, paintings by Mohamed Al-Jaloos
“Dentelle”, paintings by Eman Osama (9-30 January).
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).
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).
“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).
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
(closing 31 January).
F8, Strip Mall-Sodic, Waslet Dahshour Road, Beverly Hills, Sheikh Zayed, 6th of October, Tel 02 38863961/0111 2304440
“Neither White nor Black”, exhibition of paintings by Souad Mardam Bey (8-22 January).
Zamalek Art gallery
11 Brazil St, Zamalek, Tel 02 2735 1240
“We Don’t Live Alone”, exhibition of paintings by Noha Deyab
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
(closing 31 January).
*A version of this article appears in print in the 13 January, 2022 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.