30 July-16 September 2012. This group exhibition features a series of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, glass wares, 3D objects, calligraphies and handmade silver jewelries by 60 artists from different generations, such as Mohamed Sabry, Salah Taher, Mohamed El-Tarrawi, Makram Henein, Samir Fouad, Halim Yacoub, Mohamed Mandour, Nadia Hassan, Effat Hosni, Mohsen Shaalan, Mustafa Khodeir, Mervat Refaat, Ahmed Badawi, Ahmed Selim, Hassan Rashed, Ayman Taher, Ehab Lotfy, Mona Abdel-Rahman, Adel Thabet, Djehan Raouf, Eman Hakim and Galal El-Husseiny.
Among the artists is Hassan Rashed, who reached popularity as a lover of folk arts. In his paintings, he immortalizes meticulous details making a brilliant use of the folk art motifs. Famous are his drawings, painted on the walls of Egyptian houses in the popular districts, alleys of Egyptian cities and villages. In the 1960s and 1970s, he was the pupil of late veteran artist Hassan Suleiman, who inspired his concern for the Egyptian and Arab identity. Rashed is also fascinated by Islamic arts, such as the Coptic and Pharaonic art.
Farouk Wagdi presents 30 new oil paintings in different sizes, which focus on happiness and cheerfulness and are meant to alleviate some of the public's sorrows and anxieties. His new paintings document Egypt's rich heritage by using folk motifs inspired by the folk Egyptian heritage as well as by the customs and traditions exercised by the Egyptian women in urban popular districts.
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Collective Exhibition 2012
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