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Art and Liberty in Egypt, Today and Yesterday

Publication: The Cairo Review | Posted: Apr 12, 2016

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Untitled, c. 1943, by Ramses Younan. Musée de l’Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris. Younan family/Nabil Boutros/www.ramsesyounan.com

Untitled, c. 1943, by Ramses Younan. Musée de l’Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris. Younan family/Nabil Boutros/www.ramsesyounan.com

“The Sharjah Art Foundation—which has become one of the most important institutions concerned with modern and contemporary art in the region, only rivaled by the Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art in Qatar—has also entered the fray in search of Egyptian Surrealism’s heritage. They selected for this task Salah M. Hassan, director of the Institute of Comparative Modernities at Cornell University. He is working to prepare an exhibition titled, “When Arts Become Liberty: The Egyptian Surrealists,” scheduled to launch in Sharjah at the beginning 2017, part of which will be displayed in Egypt later on. Sharjah additionally organized a three-day research conference about the history of the Egyptian Surrealist movement this past November at the American University in Cairo.”

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