AUC to organize the Egyptian Surrealists Exhibition with Sharjah Art Foundation and the Ministry of Culture

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Published September 27th, 2016 - 03:40 GMT
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An international touring exhibition, “When Art Becomes Liberty: The Egyptian Surrealists (1938-1965),” organized by Sharjah Art Foundation, the Ministry of Culture Egypt, Sector of Fine Arts, and the American University in Cairo. The exhibition focuses on the evolution of the Egyptian Surrealist group and their relationship with their Western and international counterparts. It also  documents a pivotal chapter of modernism in Egypt that spans from the late 1930s to the early 1960s and highlights the multifaceted aspects of modernity and its global interconnectedness in the 20th century.

More than 150 works have been brought together, many for the first time, including substantial loans from important Egyptian public and private collections that have never before been toured outside of the country. 

The exhibition is curated by Hoor Al Qasimi, Sharjah Art Foundation president; Salah M. Hassan, Goldwin Smith professor and director, Institute for Comparative Modernities, Cornell University; Ehab Ellaban, Ufuq Gallery, Cairo and Nagla Samir, associate professor of arts, The American University in Cairo.


Palace of Arts, El Gezirah


Wednesday, September 28, 2016; 7:00-9:00 PM and ongoing until October 29, 2016

Background Information

American University of Cairo

Founded in 1919, AUC is a leading English-language, American-accredited institution of higher education and center of intellectual, social and cultural life of the Arab world. Its community of students, parents, faculty and staff, trustees, alumni and other generous sponsors represent more than 60 countries. The University stands as a crossroads for the world’s cultures and a vibrant forum for reasoned argument, spirited debate and understanding across the diversity of languages, facilities and human experiences.

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