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When Art Becomes Liberty: The Egyptian Surrealists (1938-1965)

Palace of the Arts, Egypt - 2016

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea - 2017

An international touring exhibition, “When Art Becomes Liberty: The Egyptian Surrealists (1938-1965)”, organized by Sharjah Art Foundation, the Ministry of Culture Egypt, Sector of Fine Arts, and the American University in Cairo. 


The exhibition focused on the evolution of the Egyptian Surrealist group and their relationship with their Western and international counterparts. It also  documents a pivotal chapter of modernism in Egypt that spans from the late 1930s to the early 1960s, and highlights the multifaceted aspects of modernity and its global interconnectedness in the 20th century.


More than 150 works have been brought together, many for the first time, including substantial loans from important Egyptian public and private collections that have never before been toured outside of the country. 


The exhibition was curated by:

Hoor Al Qasimi, Sharjah Art Foundation president.

Salah M. Hassan, Goldwin Smith professor and director Institute for Comparative Modernities, Cornell University. Ehab Ellaban, Ufuq Gallery, Cairo.

Nagla Samir, Associate Professor of Arts, The American University in Cairo.

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