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‘A Tale of Two Cities’ Exhibition Focuses on Greco-Egyptian Culture

Held by Art d’Egypte, the exhibition has opened its Athens leg at the Acropolis Museum, and will open in Alexandria in October.

Raïs Saleh

‘A Tale of Two Cities’ Exhibition Focuses on Greco-Egyptian Culture

CulturVator/Art d’Egypte has launched their collaborative Greco-Egyptian exhibition ‘A Tale of Two Cities’. The exhibition’s Athens leg is taking place at the Acropolis Museum from June 25th to July 16th, with the Egyptian leg set to take place at Alexandria’s Biblioteca Alexandrina between October 17th and October 31st.

The collaborative affair involves a number of Hellenic institutions including the Cavafy Archives, the Onassis Foundation and the Acropolis Museum working with the Egyptian Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Culture, as well as the Egyptian Embassy in Athens.

The joint exhibition aspires to emphasise the centuries-old history and friendship between Egypt and Greece, visually highlighting the shared heritage between the two nations. In so doing, a number of Greek and Egyptian contemporary and modern artists will be on display including Mahmoud Said, Costas Varotsos, Danae Stratou, Omar Touson, and Karim El Hayawan, amongst others.

Nadine Abdel Ghaffar, the founder of Culturvator/Art D’Égypte, commented on the exhibitions’ emphasis on Hellenic-Egyptian cultural collaboration. “I was born and raised in Alexandria and was always fascinated by Alexander the Great’s vision to create a cultural city,” Abdel Ghaffar tells CairoScene. “As an Alexandrian, I feel it is my responsibility to carry out this mission and extend it into our contemporary world.”

A collateral exhibition ‘Art by the Sea’ is being simultaneously held at Athens Riviera’s Lemon Tree & Co. Open till the end of the summer, the exhibitions display Egyptian artists including Emad Abu Grain, Dina Fahmy, Mariam Abou Taleb, Iman Barakat and Weaam Ali, with works focusing on the permanence and beauty of the sea- a commonly shared Alexandrian and Hellenic cultural influence.