Farid Fadel’s unique show on Old Cairo at Maqas Maq’d of Sultan Al-Ashraf Qaitby is not to be missed

Reham El-Adawi , Tuesday 22 Mar 2022

A painting by Farid Fadel on Islamic Cairo
A painting by Farid Fadel on Islamic Cairo

Aisha Fahmy Palace

1 Aziz Abaza St, Zamalek, Tel 02 2735 8211

The Complex of Arts

“The Scene I”, a group exhibition showcases 90 artworks by a number of Egypt’s contemporary artists representing different art styles including sculptors Essam Darwish, Hassan Kamel, Islam Ebada, and Kamal Fathy, artist Sabah Naim (14 March-14 May). 



American University in Cairo 

New Cairo Campus, Abdul Latif Jameel Hall, Plaza Level, Tel 02 2615 3318

The Photographic Gallery

“The Eternal River”, exhibition brings together a selection of archival photographs of the Nile shot between the 1950s and 1970s by Swiss painter Margo Veillon and contemporary photography by Egypt’s emerging photojournalist Roger Anis on the river. The exhibition features a series of landscape photographs with striking compositions, which depict water and land textures and colors, and life and activity on the Nile banks. The exhibition is also an intersection between local and foreign gazes and connects the past with the present.
In light of the rising tensions between riparian countries over the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and the recent filling of the dam’s reservoirs, the exhibition programme includes a panel discussion by experts in water diplomacy who will discuss the current dispute and the ramifications of GERD on Egypt’s water supply and environmental consequences and to raise questions about the future (27 March-27 April). 



Amir Taz Palace

27 Al-Syoufiya St, off Al-Saliba St, Al-Khalifa District, Tel 02 2514 2581

“Africa by the Brush of its Artists”, a retrospective group exhibition of paintings produced in the past nine rounds of Luxor International Painting Forum (17 February - 2 April).   



Cairo Opera Complex

Gezira Exhibition Grounds, Zamalek

Salah Taher gallery

Tel 02 2739 0132/0144

“She”, a group exhibition showcases 40 oil paintings by 25 budding artists, together with artists with special abilities (21- 27 March).   

Music Library (Ziad Bakir) gallery

Miscellaneous exhibition by students of Capital School (22 - 27 March). Palace of Arts

The first round of the Ceramic Art Salon showcases ceramics by around 70 ceramists representing different art styles and honors the names of Said El-Sadr and his students, Nabil Darwish, Mohieddin Hussein among others (24 March-10 April). 





23 B Ismail Mohamed St, Zamalek, Tel 02 2736 6239/0100 2155702

“Selections of Egyptian Art” by the pioneers Gamil Shafiq, Youssef Kamel, Hassan Soliman, Ragheb Ayyad, Zakaria El-Zeiny, Abdel-Ghaffar Shedid, Sabry Mansour, Zeinab Abdel-Hamid, Sobhi Guirguis, Mounir Canaan and many more (13 March-28 April).  





French Institute of Oriental Archaeology

37 Sheikh Ali Youssef St, Al-Mounira, Al Sayeda Zeinab, Tel 02 2797 1600

Le Printemps des Artistes (The Spring of Artists) is organizing a unique exhibition of 400 works by 60 artists, for the benefit of street children. The two-day exhibition will also include special activities for families: drawing competition by primary school students, concert by the French-speaking choir of Cairo. The mission of Le Printemps des Artistes is to establish a bridge to support both contemporary artists and an organization with a strong social impact. It combines the revitalization of the artistic scene with concrete help for the most disadvantaged.

Le Printemps des Artistes was created in Cairo in 2017. Initiated by two French women living in Egypt, this year it is five French-speaking European women who perpetuate and develop this unique initiative, with the ambition from the outset to leave a positive imprint in their host country (the exhibition is open to the public from 10am to 5pm on Friday 25 March, and on Saturday 26 March, from 10am to 8pm).



Gezira Arts Centre

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

“Art Awards 2022” group exhibition of painting, sculpture, photography, architecture showcases artworks submitted by candidates who participated in the art awards contest organized by Farouk Hosny Foundation for Culture and Arts 

(closing 28 March). 



Al-Ghouri Caravansary
Mohamed Abdou St, off Al-Muaaz St and Al-Azhar St, Tel 02 2514 7475

A retrospective exhibition of the participating artists at the Luxor International Painting Forum. It includes 35 works by female artists who participated in the forum from the tenth session held in 2017 to the thirteenth session that was held in 2020, from 12 countries: Egypt, Italy, Serbia, Russia, Lebanon, Romania, Nepal, Lithuania, Tunisia, Bahrain, Ukraine Georgia (18 March - 7 May).



Greek Campus 

28 Falaki St, Bab Al-Louk, Cairo, Tel 010 90322400

Mexican artist Enrique Chiu will be visiting Egypt from 24 to 28 March for his project “Migrant Humanity”. He is the creator of the “Mural de la Hermandad” (Brotherhood Mural) at the Northern Mexican border. Screening the documentary, A World Without Walls, accompanied by pictorial and photographic exhibition (Thursday 24, 5pm).  



Italian Cultural Institute

3 El-Sheikh El Marsafy St, Zamalek, Tel 02 2735 5423/2735 8791

Paintings by Aya Aziz (28 March-30 April). 



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.



Maqas Maq’d of Sultan Al-Ashraf Qaitby

Darb Al-Saqia St, behind Qaitbay Mosque, City of the Dead, Tel 01226569944

“Cairo El Mahrousa (the divinely protected)” exhibition of 40 paintings and drawings embody the rich spirit of Cairo; a city that boasts great examples of Coptic, Islamic, Western and modern architecture in different art media by artist Farid Fadel (19-31March). 

Collective mural “Mural de la Hermandad”, live painting by Mexican artist Enrique Chiu (from 25 to 27 March, 12noon).

Inauguration of “Mural de la Hermandad” (28 March, 12noon). 



Mashrabia Gallery of Contemporary Art

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

“All Eyes on Me”, comically critical paintings by Ahmed Lesi 

(closing 27 March). 



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

Hall I

“The Candle and the Fish”, paintings by Helmy El-Tony 

(15 March- 5 April).   

Hall II

“I Don’t Forget a Face or a Soul”, paintings by Sayed Abla 

(15 March- 5 April).   


Picasso East

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

“Through Time”, exhibition of paintings by Guirguis Lotfy, a contemporary Alexandrian painter, who reinvents ancient Coptic traditions as he portrays his daily surroundings (closing 27 March). 



13 Brazil St, 1st Floor, Zamalek, Tel 0111294 7336

“Time Off” exhibition of paintings by Rabab Eissa (closing 26 March). 


Tahrir Cultural Centre (TCC) 

AUC’s Tahrir Campus, Al-Sheikh Rihan St, off Tahrir Square, Tel 02 2615 2694/01280009077

Future gallery 

“Returns to Memory and Mythology” exhibition by Liliane Karnouk explores the stories of Icarus, Narcissus, Persephone, and Artemis, returning to her roots as a classically trained painter while finding major relevancies to the world we live in now. Proof of vaccination is required upon entry to the TCC (27 March-15 April). 



KM 28, Cairo-Alexandria Desert Road, Abu Rawash, Giza, Tel 01000773860

“Fades Away”, solo exhibition by artist Walid Taher 

(12 March - 9 April). 



New Cairo, District 5, Marakez, Sokhna Road

*A version of this article appears in print in the 24 March, 2022 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.

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