Eternal Light: Something Old, Something New, was the first in a series of pop-up shows to be held at different heritage sites across Egypt. Curated by Nadine Abdel Ghaffar, Eternal Light was on view from October 28–31, 2017, and was inaugurated with A Night of Art at the Egyptian Museum where 16 artworks by Egypt’s foremost contemporary artists was displayed against the timeless backdrop of pharaonic artifacts at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
The inaugural event was held under the auspices of the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, and H.E. Dr. Khaled El-Enany, Minister of Antiquities presented the Egyptian Museum’s heritage preservation initiatives.
In a bold curatorial first, Art D’Égypte allowed guests the unique opportunity to observe contemporary Egyptian art in a profound dialogue with artifacts from Ancient Egypt. For one mesmerizing evening, attendees of Eternal Light: Something Old, Something New were able to contemplate the flow of light and energy connecting the ancient past with the artistic vernacular of the present. They saw how the backdrop of ancient Egyptian artifacts imbues the modern and contemporary works with deeper resonance and enhances their ability to build the next layer of the Egyptian story. Simultaneously, the presence of contemporary Egyptian artwork in this setting stimulated the audience to question long-held interpretations of ancient Egyptian culture.
In many people’s minds, Egypt invokes visions of either pharaohs, temples and pyramids or of the turbulent politics of the past six years. Little is known on an international level about the wealth of modern and contemporary art that seeks to transcribe the social, political and cultural issues of the present—or simply to portray contemporary daily life—by drawing on the visual motifs of Ancient Egypt that underpin the Egyptian identity to this day.
Eternal Light: Something Old, Something New brings together works by some of Egypt’s most prominent artists to show the world that Egypt continues to play a crucial role in artistic and cultural life. The artworks on display drew upon various elements of the styles, movement, color and themes of Ancient Egyptian art and transformed them into multi-faceted conversations that reflect and reinterpret the complexity of Egyptian culture for the 21st century’s global audience.
In addition to creating new markets for Egyptian art and highlighting the complexity and richness of the Egyptian cultural landscape, the exhibition also aimed to draw attention to rehabilitation initiatives at the Egyptian Museum.
In conjunction with the planned events, Art D’Égypte has succeeded in helping the Ministry of Antiquities secure in-kind donations from private sector donors for lighting, sanitary ware and landscaping as well as sponsorship for several vital projects at the museum.
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ETERNAL LIGHT- SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW
Egyptian Cultural Bureau, London
March 1, 2017
Following on the success of Art D’Égypte’s “Night at the Egyptian Musem” in Tahrir square, October 2017, they were invited to exhibit a selection of the Eternal Light collection in London at the Egyptian Cultural Bureau. The purpose of the ground-breaking exhibition ‘Eternal Light: Something Old, Something New’ is to highlight the extraordinary attempts of interpreting ancient Egyptian culture into modern and contemporary artworks. It featured a selection of artists who bring to life the flow of light and energy of Egypt’s history, connecting its past to its present. The main focus of the exhibition is also to shed light on the influences and inspiration for these artists’ works by pharaonic art and heritage. Once again the company has achieved its goals of creating awareness of Egypt’s rich art scene by allowing it the exposure it deserves, reviving Egyptian heritage, encouraging tourism from international tourists, and shedding a positive light on Egypt.
Eternal light artists; Adam Henein, Adel El Siwi, Ahmed Morsi, Esmat Dawestashy, Farouk Hosny, Farouk Wahba, Hany Rashed, Khaled Hafez, Mohamed Abla, Nazir Tanbouli, Said Badr, Sarwat Al Bahr, Effat Nagi & Salah Taher.
The contemporary Egyptian art collection was exhibited on the 1st of March, 2018, for the second time, in a historical setting, King Farouk’s residence, revived by the vibrant pieces. The private opening of the exhibition at the Egyptian Cultural Bureau in London was attended by 150 guests. The attendees were enchanted by the exhibited art pieces and attended sppeches by renowned speakers such as Dr. Gemma Tully Research Associate in Archaeology and Egyptology Cambridge University and Durham University, Valerie Hess the co-author of Mahmoud Said catalogue raisonee, His Excellency the Egyptian Ambassador Nasser Kamel and Nadine Abdel Ghaffar founder of Art D’Égypte.