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 (8-14 October).
Music Library (Ziad Bakir) gallery
Exhibition of oil paintings by Alaa El-Dokhaly (8-14 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).
Gezira Arts Centre
1 Al-Sheikh Al-Marsafi St, Zamalek, Tel 02 2737 3298
Ahmed Sabri Hall
Al-Hussein Fawzi Hall
Kamal Khalifa Hall
Ragheb Ayad Hall
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. It’s also a very real metaphor for his artistic career - finding new creative ways to convey his ideas every day, no matter how steep the path gets (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 10th 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).
“MEDRX: Selected Viorama Artwork”, Viorama is a Virtual reality (VR) Lab Exhibition 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 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 (9-17 October, 5-10pm, Weekends: 2-10pm).
Mashrabia Gallery of Contemporary Art
15 Mahmoud Bassiouny St, Qasr Al-Nile, Downtown, First Floor, Tel 02 25750353 / 0100 1704554
“Black is Black” collective show features Hany Rashed, Ramy Dozy, Ali Abdel-Mohsen, Amr Ali, Amr El-Negma, Maria Grazia Tata, Sabah Naim, Hazem El-Mestikawy, and many more. Is it black a colour rather than the absence of colours? This show gathers the work of artists who inquire the universe of emotions that the choice, use and presence of 'black' provokes (closing 13 October).
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 will make 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).
Zamalek Art gallery
11 Brazil St, Zamalek, Tel 02 2735 1240
“Wisdom of Shadows ... Innocence of Light”, an exhibition of paintings by Mohamed Shaker (closing10 October).
F8, Strip Mall-Sodic, Waslet Dahshour Road, Beverly Hills, Sheikh Zayed, 6th of October, Tel 02 38863961/0111 2304440
“Companion” exhibition of paintings by Marina Elyahky
(closing 10 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 6 October, 2022 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.