Aisha Fahmy Palace
1 Aziz Abaza St, Zamalek, Tel 02 2735 8211
The Complex of Arts
AUC is partnering with the Ministry of Culture to hold an art exhibition in honor of the iconic Egyptian artist Gazbia Sirry (1925 - 2021)
(23 October - 23 December).
25 Orabi St, off Port Said, Maadi, Tel 010 19222220
“+18”, paintings by Shahira Kamal (18 October-17 November).
8 El-Kamel Mohamed St, Zamalek, Tel 0100 3970141
“From Mokhtar to Gazbia”, the second edition of the exhibition
takes you on a journey into 20th century Egyptian modern art and features masterpieces by celebrated as well as forgotten artists.
Some of the works are instantly recognizable such as Mahmoud Mokhtar's stunning "On the Banks of the Nile" or the legendary "Ibn El-Balad" sculptures, while others will go on public display for the first time in decades (25 October-17 November).
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 (closing 31 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 celebrates 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
“Sixty Years of Art”, a retrospective exhibition for artist Ahmed Abdel-Aziz (26 October- 9 November).
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 (closing 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 (closing 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).
Mashrabia Gallery of Contemporary Art
15 Mahmoud Bassiouny St, Qasr Al-Nile, Downtown, First Floor, Tel 02 25750353 / 0100 1704554
“Fading Away” first solo exhibition of paintings by Samy Elias where he is inspired by the remaining traces of Cairo's cosmopolitan past (16 October- 17 November).
30 Hassan Assem off Brazil St, Zamalek, Tel 02 2736 7544
“Cairo: The Capital of Culture in the Islamic World” group exhibition Ibrahim Ghazala, Ahmed Selim, Farid Fadel, Ashraf Reda, Amany Zahran, Gamal Melika, Mohamed Nasser, Yassin Haraz
(22 October-5 November).
“The World is in Chaos” exhibition by Gamal Fahmy
(22 October-5 November).
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 (closing 29 October).
6 Brazil St, Zamalek, Tel 012 70169291
“Sanctuary” is Ashraf Zamzami's fifth solo exhibition with Safarkhan. This truly one-of-a-kind talent has delivered another resounding collection of works in his inimitable art brut (outsider art) brand of expressionism (18 October - 9 November).
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 by Samia Mehrez. 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 (10 October -15 November).
KM 28, Cairo-Alexandria Road, Abu Rawash, Giza, Tel 01000773860
“Treasured Stills” exhibition of paintings by Gamal Meleka
(15 October- 5 November).
“Dear Laila”, interactive installation by Basel Zaraa from Palestine. The artist’s five-year-old daughter Laila began to ask him about his home growing up. Unable to take her there, he decided he would try to bring the place to her. The story of the Palestine struggle is one of colonial violence, displacement, and exile; but it is also a story of resilience, of resistance through memory. Zaraa’s interactive installation pays tribute to the power of memory. Centered on a miniature model, the installation uses audio, photographs and objects to bring a destroyed family home in Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus back to life
(27-30 October, Arabic and English, every 15 mins, 1 person at a time, 12noon – 10pm).
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
(closing 30 October, 5-10pm, Weekends: 2-10pm).
F8, Strip Mall-Sodic, Waslet Dahshour Road, Beverly Hills, Sheikh Zayed, 6th of October, Tel 02 38863961/0111 2304440
“Into the Scene” exhibition of paintings by Walid Gahin
(closing 29 October).
Zamalek Art gallery
11 Brazil St, Zamalek, Tel 02 2735 1240
“Ode to Self” exhibition of paintings by Amina El-Demirdash
(16 October- 7 November).
“Fungi” exhibition of paintings by Soraya Fahmy
(16 October- 7 November).
Chatby, Alexandria 21526, Tel (03) 4839999
A permanent exhibition on the results of the Archaeological Mission of the University of Turin in Nelson Island.
French Cultural Institute
30 Al Nabi Danial St, Mahatet Misr, Alexandria, Tel 03 3913435/03 3918952
“Eco. Topia” exhibition is held on the occasion of COP27 and the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. This exhibition highlights the role of art in addressing this issue and how it can bring people together, initiate debates, and be a source of hope and motivation for populations.
“Does the ecological utopia exist? What kind of future do we want? What is the impact of climate change on different communities? What are the revolutionary solutions?” All the works invite the public to dream of a sustainable and aesthetic development. The exhibition is organized by Tam gallery and supported by the French Institute in Alexandria featuring among many others Lina Mowafy, Farida Ibrahim,
Ghaida Ashraf, Heba Tarek, Mohamed El-Gamal, Mohamed Rabie
(24 October - 2 November).
“Bab El Bahr” festival is organized by Agora for Arts Foundation, together with Drosos Foundation and aims to communicate with the youth through creative participations, encounters and workshops
(27 October- 4 November).
*A version of this article appears in print in the 27 October, 2022 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.