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Garden City, Cairo, Egypt.
Duroub Gallery: Small Art Works Exhibition 2010
We often visit art galleries in Cairo to admire works of art without any intention of buying anything. Either the art is not for sale because it is part of a private collection or the scale of the piece and the corresponding price tag make it impractical to even consider owning it. However, if you’ve been searching for a new painting or any other work of art to add to your personal collection, we recommend Duroub Gallery in Garden City.
Currently on display at Duroub Gallery, the Small Art Works exhibition 2010 features more than sixty artists. Each artist has a handful of works on display; so the walls of this modest gallery are overwhelmingly packed. While this detracts from our ability to view and appreciate each painting individually, it certainly makes shopping for a new piece of art easier because of the range of styles on display. Many of the small, framed canvasses feature the people, landscapes and traditions of Egypt. The paintings range from impressionist cityscapes to cubist portraits, as well as some abstract pieces and a number of beautiful examples of Arabic calligraphy.
Aside from the vibrant collection of paintings, the exhibition also features small metal sculptures and hand-painted ceramic discs and tiles. Two jewellery cases near the gallery entrance are worth checking out for some gorgeous, artistically crafted silver pieces. Holiday shoppers should be sure to check out this jewellery selection for unique gift ideas.
The best part about the Small Art Works Exhibition is that the art pieces are quite reasonably priced. A number of pieces are priced in the range of 600LE to 700LE, making the work of these local artists quite accessible to the public compared to works sold at other galleries.
However, getting to the gallery is not as accessible; at least not by car. Located on Latin America Street near the British Embassy, the gallery can only be reached by foot as it is blocked off by security patrol cars. Duroub Gallery suggests parking your car in the garage of the Semiramis Intercontinental Hotel, but you’ll save a lot of hassle if you walk over or take a taxi.
Eyes are the windows to the soul; an old saying that was perfectly demonstrated in Zamalek Art Gallery’s current exhibition, ‘The Magic Thread’.
‘The Magic Thread’ features a collection of unique, childlike and somewhat eerie figurative paintings by Syrian artist, Souad Mardam Bey, who, through her artistic talent and devotion, conveys intense feelings through the eyes of each painting.
Each painting portrays a different character; only it seems that the same captivating element in each one of them is the eyes, which seem to be filled with some sort of sadness or longing that can be further understood differently.
One particular painting shows a female figure –a child most likely— with her head titled to the side, smelling a white-petal flower with large longing eyes which seem to be gazing right out of the canvas. Everything about this painting is simple and bland; except the eyes, which are much more detailed and slightly bigger than one would expect which draws the viewer in even further.
The background of Bey’s paintings are simple and exist purely of one flat colour; which is why more attention is drawn to the innocent childish figures painted on top portraying a 2D style, similar to the one you find in children’s books.
Another painting that stood out depicts a young girl figure or doll, dressed up in a floral pink dress and make-up, looking into a mirror with large sad eyes, a common element in many of Bey’s artwork.
‘The Magic Thread’ is a title that not only draws on the childlike theme in this exhibition, but also evokes the idea of children’s toys and dolls coming to life, especially through their expressive eyes—which seemed to be the central point of this exhibition.
With its ray of unique large portraits and simple childlike style, Bey’s exhibition is without a doubt captivating one and it succeeded to attract a large crowd among art connoisseurs in Cairo.