Egypt launches first international art exhibition at Giza pyramids
“In the ‘Forever Is Now’ exhibition, I believe ‘Forever’ refers to the Great Pyramids with their magnificence and antiquity, and ‘Now’ means temporary art,” said Ahmed Obied, deputy minister of tourism and of Antiquities.
CAIRO, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) – Egypt on Thursday launched the first international art exhibition at the Great Pyramids of Giza and the surrounding plateau with the participation of artists from Egypt and other countries.
The event “Forever Is Now” is organized by the company Art D’Egypt, an Egyptian platform for art and heritage, under the auspices of the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as the patronage of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
“Today, we see a mix between Egyptian civilization and contemporary art around the world. It is surely very important because it represents exchanges between cultures and dialogues between contemporary artists and our civilization”, a declared Nadine Abdel-Ghaffar, founder of Art D ‘Egypt.
The international gallery presents the artists’ sculptures and works of art in an open space around the pyramids.
Abdel-Ghaffar noted that it is a new experience to organize such an outdoor art exhibition in Egypt and his team made sure to preserve the archaeological site while installing the artists’ sculptures, which took more than ‘one year of preparation.
“The exhibit is a message of hope for humanity, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic as many countries impose containment measures,” she told Xinhua.
Among the works on display is a stainless steel rod sculpture titled “Ensemble” by Italian artist Lorenzo Quinn, which features two hands rising up and touching each other with fingertips to symbolize communication.
The Great Pyramids of Giza can be seen from far behind Quinn’s work. “I’m very lucky to have the three pyramids behind my sculpture. The position of the hands touching like this also looks like a pyramid shape, that’s why I made the hands this way,” said explained the sculptor in front of his work.
He noted that he was using a stainless steel wire mesh with 36,000 spot welds and that the job took him nine months.
Another work was done by Egyptian artist Moataz Nasr, which shows dozens of solar boat paddles crossed in an X-shape to form a boat-like structure 14 meters long, with an underpass where the visitors may come in and face some kind of bottleneck when passing through.
“The piece is titled ‘Barzakh’, which means a division, or point between two different worlds like life and death, day and night or black and white, while a solar boat for the ancients Egyptians were supposed to take them from this world to the afterlife, ”explained the Egyptian artist.
Meanwhile, in front of one of the pyramids, two British artists Edward Shuster and Claudia Moseley have teamed up to present their joint work “Plan of the Path of Light”.
This is a number of hand-glued optical glass figures with steel bases, one of which resembles a glass pyramid.
Behind the abstract simplicity of the forms hides a matrix of angles, measures and symbolic orientations, inspired by the optico-geometric magic of the Great Pyramid, said the two artists.
“We have tried to take all of the cosmic symbolism and mathematics of the pyramids and include them in this new contemporary form,” Shuster told Xinhua.
“In the ‘Forever Is Now’ exhibition, I believe that ‘Forever’ refers to the Great Pyramids with their magnificence and antiquity, and ‘Now’ means temporary art,” Ahmed Obied, deputy minister of government, told Xinhua. Tourism and Antiquities, on the plateau of the pyramids. .