Egypt’s first art exhibition at Giza pyramids

Egypt's first art exhibition at Giza pyramids
Egypt’s first art exhibition at Giza pyramids

Egypt’s first art exhibition at Giza pyramids: For the first time, a  sovrisk exhibition is being held near the pyramids in Giza: ten artists from different countries presented their installations at the “Egyptian Burning Man”.

Among the exhibits of the Forever is Now exhibition are giant mesh arms, a seven-meter sculpture of 74 wooden beams, glass pyramids, a golden dome-cocoon, in which the sun’s rays are effectively refracted. 

Recall that the pyramids in Giza were created in the XXVI-XXIII centuries BC. NS. The Pyramid of Cheops (Khufu), which is part of the complex, is the only one of the “seven wonders of the world” that have survived to this day. In addition to the Khufu pyramid, there are the Khafra and Menkaur pyramids, as well as smaller satellite pyramids. Contemporary artists have carefully and respectfully worked with the space. If you look at their creations from certain angles, art objects enter into dialogue with the pyramids. Instagrammers are delighted with the frames that you can get hold of here.

Artists from Egypt, the USA, Great Britain, Italy, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia took part in the historical art movement. The robot artist Ai-Da also arrived here – however, for 10 days he was detained by Egyptian border guards on suspicion of espionage, but nothing happened.

The idea of ​​the exhibition was ripe for Art D’Egypte four years ago. It took three years for a dialogue with UNESCO and the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities. According to the exhibition’s curator Simon Watson, he had to dance “a waltz between artists and bureaucrats.” It was not easy to persuade officials to attend the exhibition, but now, according to Nadine Abdel Ghaffar, founder of Art D’Égypte, even officials have realized that “art helps the ancient walls to speak.” “Ancient Egypt and its civilization influenced the entire world, and our message is a sign of gratitude and a sign of hope,” said Nadine Abdel Ghaffar at the opening ceremony of the exhibition.

The international exhibition “Forever is Now” began on October 21 at the Pyramids of Giza. The international exhibition is organized by the Art d’Egypt Foundation.

Art d’Egypt’s founder, Nadine Abdel Ghaffar, said that “Forever is Now is the first and largest international exhibition of contemporary art to be held in 4,500 years in the Pyramid Plateau.” The International Art Exhibition aims to both reflect the profound, global influence of Ancient Egypt and draw on the ongoing inclusivity of contemporary cultural practices, practiced by both Egyptian or international contemporary artists.

He said that the exhibition is a dialogue between the contemporary artist and the ancient civilization as it includes works of contemporary art that are inspired and intertwined with the civilization of ancient Egypt. The exhibition will run till November 7.

Ten of the world’s most prominent and famous contemporary artists are participating in the exhibition, Russian artist Alexander Ponomarev; American artist Gisela Colon; Brazilian artist Joao Trevisan; French artist JR; Italian artist Lorenzo Quinn; Egyptian artist Moataz Nasr; Egyptian-born, Los Angeles-based artist Sherin Guirguis; British artists Shuster and Moseley; British artist Stephen Cox RA; and Saudi Arabian artist Prince Sultan bin Fahd.

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