4 Mohamed Anees St, in front of the Embassy of China, Zamalek, Tel 0100 3270364
“Rams”, sculptures by Ahmed Karaaly (9-21 October).
Cairo Opera Complex
Gezira Exhibition Grounds, Zamalek
Salah Taher gallery
Tel 02 2739 0132/0144
“The Journey” photography exhibition showcases 30 experimental photographs and video art by Ayman Lotfy (closing 14 October).
Music Library (Ziad Bakir) gallery
Exhibition of oil paintings by Alaa El-Dokhaly (closing 14 October).
Contemporary Image Collective (CIC)
27 Talaat Harb St, 2nd Floor, Downtown, Cairo, Tel 02 2396 4272
“Being Borrowed”, is a creative collaborative exhibition of artworks in different art media that problematizes the Egyptian migration to the Gulf experience. It features artists Nahed Nasr, Omar Mansour, Ali Zaraay, Omar Mansour, Aya Bendary, Lina El-Shamy and many more (2-31 October).
24 Hassan Assem St, off Brazil, Zamalek, Tel 0100 1115433
14 Alahrar St, off Albatal Ahmed Abdel-Aziz, Mohandesin, Tel 02 33658028/ 01122116007
“Everlasting Talents” group exhibition features artworks by 100 artists from the pioneers of the Egyptian art movement
(4 September until mid-October).
23 B Ismail Mohamed St, Zamalek, Tel 02 2736 6239/0100 2155702
“Profile”, exhibition of sculptures by Ali Noori
(10 October-3 November).
The French Institute for Oriental Archaeology
37 Sheikh Ali Youssef St, Mounira, Tel 02 2797 1600
French Cultural Institute
Madrasset Al-Huquq Al Frinseya St, Mounira, Tel 02 2791 5800
“Writing and Storytelling” international exhibition is held, on the occasion of the celebration of the 200thanniversary of the decipherment of the Egyptian hieroglyphs by Jean-François Champollion, by the French Institute of Egypt, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, and the French Institute of Oriental Archeology (IFAO) displaying the magnificent discoveries of the French archaeologist in ancient Egypt.
This visual art exhibition is on show at both the IFE and IFAO in Downtown Cairo and is open to the public for free. It features artists from Egypt such as Khodeir El-Borsaedi, Haytham Nawwar, Mariam Abu-Taleb, Heba Helmi from Europe: Malone Dietrich (Hungary), Fabio Coruzzi (Italy), Roger Dewint (Belgium), Danko Berkiche (Serbia), Isabel Moutet, and Jean Plantureux known as Plantu (France), as well as Nobuho Nagasawa (Japan), Adenauer Santos Spindola (Brazil), Luis Alberto Hernandez (Venezuela) and Bessie Smith Moulton (USA) (10 October- 14 November).
Gezira Arts Centre
1 Al-Sheikh Al-Marsafi St, Zamalek, Tel 02 2737 3298
Retrospective exhibition of the late artist Mohamed Eltahan (1946-2021) (5-19 October).
5 El-Bustan Street, Downtown, Tel 02 2575 9877/ 219/ 01288711134
“Sisyphus” exhibition is held on the occasion of the awarding of the Goethe Medal to visual artist Mohamed Abla. Sisyphus is a sculpture by Abla inspired by ancient Greek mythology. It was created for a public traffic area in the town of Walsrode in northern Germany, where it still stands today. The artist sees this sculpture as a symbol of his life and personality in many ways (22 September - 28 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.
Ismailia Building Entrances
“Endangered Species” the Tenth D-CAF festival presents an augmented reality exhibition by Sara Koppel from Denmark. Exhibition visitors should download the free ARTIVIVE application to their smart phones through this Link, making sure to enable its connection to the phone’s camera. When the app is opened, you need to hold the phone up in front of the artwork to bring it to life (9-30 October, 12am-11.59pm).
1 Al-Sherifein St, 3rd St right off Kasr Al-Nile St, Downtown, Tel 0100 667 4823
“Secret Gardens” photography exhibition by Ulla Gerdes
(15 October-10 November).
“MEDRX: Selected Viorama Artwork”, is a Virtual Reality (VR) Lab Exhibition, held by the Tenth D-CAF festival, aimed for artists to explore through lectures on activities the potential of VR audiovisual tools in relation to their arts practices, reflect on concepts of VR and new formats of narration, and prototype and implement VR-based projects to be showcased in an immersive exhibition (9-17 October, 5-10pm, Weekends: 2-10pm).
“Words to Text: Democratizing Art with AI” exhibition of artificial intelligence paintings (Egypt) aims to demonstrate a small sample of this power to audiences unfamiliar with it, and to explain it in an accessible way. Created by Egyptian artist Omar Kamel, this innovative interactive display shows the basics of how this technology allows anyone to ask an AI system to draw something using only text, and how the machine understands that request and processes it to produce incredible artworks; something which would have seemed inconceivable only a few years ago (closing 17 October, 5-10pm, Weekends: 2-10pm).
Villa 20 Nazih Khalifa, El Korba, Heliopolis, all week including Fridays 12-8pm
A group show of paintings and gold and diamond jewellery inspired by the zodiac paintings of artist Maye Heshmat (closing 16 October).
30 Hassan Assem off Brazil St, Zamalek, Tel 02 2736 7544
Latest collection of paintings by Georges Bahgory
“White Turbans” exhibition of paintings by Mahmoud Maraay
Villa No 39 Al Narges 35th settlement, 90's St, in front of Lake View Compound, New Cairo, Tel 0122 0000035
“Extended Visions” exhibition of paintings by 24 female artists from the Faculty of Fine Arts including among others Safia El-Kabani, Fayrouz Samir, Maria Moheb, Mona Refaat (8-29 October).
Tahrir Cultural Centre (TCC)
AUC’s Tahrir Campus, Downtown, 24 Falaki St, Downtown Cairo, Tel 012 88721446
“SamBoozies: An Aesthetics of “Junk” is an exhibition and talk.
Longtime AUC professor and celebrated author Samia Mehrez started her SamBoozies project with a simple idea: as a way to up-cycle old empty bottles; but they quickly developed into more complex beings that have used up years of all kinds of hoarded “junk” from textiles and plastic to yarn, buttons, and lace, among other items. They have become creatures that embody personal, national, and global histories and imaginaries. Their story is intricately related to the history of the AUC Tahrir campus and Mehrez’s personal history within it. An artist talk will be held on Tuesday 11 October, 7pm at TCC’s Falaki Theatre
(10 October -15 November).
20 Hassan Sabry St, (entrance from Ibn Zinki St), Zamalek, Tel 0100 2792223
“Different Melodies II” show aims to support and encourage young artists. The diverse selection of artworks ranges from landscapes, realist paintings, to sculptures and digital art with every artist depicting their own style, influences and aesthetic. Participating artists: Alaa Abdel-Rahman, Aya Kahil, Bassam Nafadi, Mariam Soliman, Sandra Ashraf and many more (2-22 October).
Victoria Rooftop House
“Flash Studio” photography exhibition by Mostafa Abdel-Aty.
This is the premise of Abdel-Aty’s new installation, Flash Studio, which has made its premiere as part of this year’s edition of D-CAF.
Flash Studio is a studio specialized in photographing animals and was born from Abdel-Aty’s belief that pets form an integral part of the family and deserve to have their lives immortalized. The exhibition will feature pictures of anthropomorphized animals. Visitors will also be able to bring in their own pets to have their pictures taken and meet the titular doggo behind the exhibition (9-30 October, 5 - 10pm, Weekends:
Yassin art gallery
159, 26th July St, Behind Diwan Bookstore, Zamalek
Exhibition of sculptures by artist Isaac Daniel (11-25 October).
Chatby, Alexandria 21526, Tel (03) 4839999
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 13 October, 2022 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.