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Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Where to indulge your artistic side in Cairo

Where to indulge your artistic side: Cairo is filled with galleries and museums dedicated to the local art scene. Unsurprisingly, many of these are scattered around the central neighborhoods of downtown and Zamalek, which makes for a convenient setup if you’re looking to take a stroll to enjoy art on display. A handful of our favorites:

Ubuntu Gallery (Zamalek): Tucked away in Zamalek’s Hassan Sabry street, Ubuntu features contemporary Egyptian art with a mission to give emerging young talent a platform and exposure, while also showcasing pieces from well-established artists. The gallery hosts regular exhibitions with an eclectic collection of artworks.

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Mashrabia Gallery (Kasr El Nile): This gallery has been around since the 1970s, making it one of if not the oldest contemporary art gallery in the capital city. While Mashrabia has beautiful paintings abound, the gallery also features several other art media, including digital art, illustrations, and photography.

Picasso Art Gallery (Zamalek): An oldie, but always a goodie. Picasso was also set up in the 1970s to showcase what it says is “art by Egyptian artists for different generations.” With its storied history, Picasso has showcased pieces over the years by emerging talent that have gone on to become household names in the art world.

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TAM, formerly known as The Arts Mart (Cairo-Alex Desert Road): Launched in 2012, TAM has both a physical gallery — which is the largest art space in Cairo — and an online platform featuring some 2,500 pieces of art from 150 contemporary Egyptian artists.

Want to hear TAM’s origin story? We sat down with founder Lina Mowafy for an episode of our podcast, Making It, in which she told us how her struggle to find an entryway to the Egyptian art scene led to the opening of TAM. Listen on our website, Apple Podcast, or Google Podcast.

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