Forever is Now

The Pyramids of Giza and its surrounding plateau

October 2021

 

synopsis

Forever Is Now is an international art exhibition that both reflects the profound, global influence of ancient Egypt and draws on the ongoing inclusiveness of contemporary cultural practices. Whether practiced by ancient Egyptians or by contemporary artists, the making of art permits one generation to bear witness of the present and speak to the next. It is an unrelenting undertaking that reflects humankind’s enduring talent for creating works that inspire the imagination, works that reveal the wonder of humanity itself, its tenacity and, through the arts, its unity. Forever Is Now will be cross-cultural and will showcase how ancient Egypt has been a monumental source of inspiration for artists throughout history.

 

‘I have always been in awe of this extraordinary ancient civilization that has influenced generations with discoveries in the sciences, arts, math, social justice, cultural development, and innovation,” said Nadine A. Ghaffar, French-Egyptian founder of Art D’Égypte. “It is a civilization that managed to invent and build monuments that we as human beings to this day cannot fathom and have not been able to replicate. Egyptian culture is a gift to humanity, and the purpose of this exhibition is to showcase these treasures in a dialogue with the contemporary on an international scale, to the rest of the world. Ancient Egypt has influenced artists from around the world, and so we bring the world to Egypt and Egypt to the world through art. It’s a privilege to stand at the foot of these monuments that have survived turmoil, wars, and pandemics, and have endured. This exhibition is a token of hope for humanity and a humble tribute to a civilization that stands the test of time.’

 

Forever Is Now is the first exhibition of its kind in the 4500-year history of the Pyramids of Giza. The exhibition represents a merging of ancient heritage and contemporary art at the oldest and last remaining of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, which today survives as a UNESCO world heritage site. The exhibition involves some of the world’s leading experts and institutions, with centuries-worth of experience and knowledge on Egyptology, the archaeological history of the plateau, and the ancient history of the Great Pyramids of Giza & have hosted some of the strongest international and regional art exhibitions.

Artists

honorary Advisory Board

honorary Curating Board

  • Princess Alia Al-Senussi : Cultural strategist, patron of the arts, academic and lecturer

  • Amina Diab: Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History of Art at the University of York, in partnership with Tate Modern

  • Lucía Sollinger Muñiz: Archaeologist, International Curator and Chief Curator of the European Union Pavilion of the 9th edition of theBeijing International Art Biennale

  • Maxa Zoller: Artistic director of the Dortmund | Cologne International Women's Film Festival

  • Neville Wakefield: Curator

  • Rose Issa: Curator, writer and producer 

  • Sam Bardaouil & Till Fellrath: Co-founders of Art Reoriented 

  • Simon Watson: Independent curator, art advisor and cultural event marketing specialist 

  • Valerie Dider Hess: Co-author of the Mahmoud Saïd Catalogue Raisonné & Specialist in Impressionist and Modern Art, Christie’s Paris

  • Ali Khadra:  Founder and Publisher of Canvas and Sorbet Magazines

  • Christiane Abdallah: Owner and board member of Marmonil

  • Hussam Rashwan: Owns an outstanding collection  of Modern Egyptian Art

  • Karim EL Chiaty: Vice Chairman of Travco Group

  • Dr. Mounir Neamatallah: Founder of the Environmental Quality International (EQI)

  • Dr. Peter Manuelian: Professor of Egyptology at Harvard University

  • Ramzi Dalloul: Founder of the Dalloul Arab Art Foundation

  • Rasheed Kamel: Attorney at Law

  • Yannick Lintz: Director of the Islamic Art Department in the Louvre Museum

  • Dr. Zahy Hawass: Egyptian Archaeologist 

  • Alexander Ponomarev

  • Gisela Colón

  • João Trevisan

  • JR

  • Lorenzo Quinn;

  • Moataz Nasr

  • Sherin Guirguis

  • Shuster + Moseley

  • Stephen Cox RA

  • HRH Prince Sultan Bin Fahad.

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