The ancient Egyptians saw death as a temporary interruption rather than a cessation of life. Death was simply part of the journey, toward one's immortality and the experience of the afterlife. The Pyramids of Giza are not only dazzling for their immensity, to this day a human invention, but they are also astonishing for their spiritual significance and resistance to time.
The pyramids of Giza were given new life earlier this week when multidisciplinary arts entity Art D'Egypte opened the "Forever is Now" exhibition on October 21. The title of the exhibition, which will run until November 7, is appropriate given the history of the pyramids and now, their new role in the first-ever contemporary art gallery has been staged amid their opulent presence 4,500 years ago. The gallery, curated by independent artistic advisor Simon Watson, showcases the works of 10 contemporary artists, including Sultan Bin Fahd, Alexander Ponomarev, Gisela Colon, Joao Trevisan, Lorenzo Quinn, JR, Moataz Nasr, Sherine Gerges, Shuster + Mosley, and Stephen Cox...
Held under the auspices of the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and Tourism, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the patronage of UNESCO, the exhibition is the fourth staged by Art D’Egypte since its establishment in 2016. These have included shows of contemporary Egyptian and international art at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square, Manial Palace Museum and on Al-Muizz Street in historic Cairo.