A generational dialogue at Zamalek Art Gallery
For twenty years in a row, Zamalek Art Gallery has been presenting the best of artwork in its summer
exhibition Masterpieces. This annual exhibition includes a unique collection pf paintings and sculptures
by a variety of artists from different generations, hence offering viewers an artistically rich experience in
which they are exposed to artwork by both prominent and young artists. The exhibition is a perfect
example of the gallery’s mission throughout its history: documenting contemporary Egyptian art on one
hand and presenting different aspects of the fine arts scene in Egypt on the other hand.
Zamalek Art Gallery makes sure that each exhibition offers a different approach so that each year
viewers have a unique experience that does not in any way resemble previous ones. This year, the
exhibition focuses on the dialogue between generations through dedicating one hall to prominent
artists and another to younger ones. The first hall will include artwork by Abdel Rahman El Nashar,
Gamal El Seguiny, Moustafa Abdel Moati, Farghali Abdel Hafiz, Rabab El Nemr, Zeinab El Seguiny, Khaled
Sorour, Gamal Abdel Nasser, and Mohamed El Fayoumi.
In addition to exhibiting works by artists from different generations, Masterpieces sheds light on the
different phases of several artists’ careers. For example, Farghali Abdel Hafiz presents an artwork that
combines painting with sculpture and subscribes to the philosophy of Emergentism. This work is part of
an experience that he started in the late 1970s and was displayed at the German Cultural Center at the
Visitors start their tour with a collection by Moustafa Abdel Moati, who recently received the Nile Award
for Arts. In addition to paintings and sculptures, the collection includes Abdel Moati’s latest collage
works in which he displays a skillful utilization of different materials such as fabric and paper. The
sculptures displayed in this collection represent the culmination of an artistic career that started in the
1960s and includes many of the works presented in two exhibitions in 2013 and 2015 at Zamalek Art
Gallery. The exhibition also includes paintings and sculptures by the late Gamal El Seguiny, one of the
most prominent artists in Egypt who also excelled in relief and embossing. His diverse works reflect his
attachment to Egypt and are distinguished by their grace and beauty.
The exhibition includes several works by Gazebia Serri and which represent different phases of her
artistic career. These include the Time and Space collection, which is characterized by its minimalist
approach, powerful expressionist energy, and color tones as well as elongated human figures that
gracefully dissolve into the space in which they exist.
A dialogue takes place between the works of Moustafa Abdel Moati and those of his life companion
Rabab Nemr. Her works are characterized by powerful designs. In fact, she could compose a massive
work using only one component, which is seen in her portraits and paintings of plants.
The second hall is home to a collection of works by several young, promising artists. These include Hana
El Seguiny, Gamal El Seguiny’s granddaughter, who is known for using three dimensional structures to
document moments of our lives through both paintings and sculptures.
Works displayed at this hall are representative of the modern artistic experiences presented by Zamalek
Art Gallery exhibitions. These include the works of Yasmine El Hazek, whose caricature-like sculptures
seem to have emanated from her paintings. Adel Moustafa presents for the first time two of the dolls
that had previously appeared in his paintings as if they just came out of the frame and into the gallery.
Several artists take part in the exhibition including Aya El Fallah, Ahmed Abdel Tawab, Emmy Abdel Baki,
George Fikri, Hossam Darrar, Sam Shendi, Sameh Ismail, Soad Mardam Bek, Emad Ibrahim, Carol Homsi,
Kamal El Fiki, Moustafa Rabei, Neamat El Diwani, and Noha Deyab.