"Eternity Is Now": A Mesmerizing Artistic Showcase at the Giza Pyramids - Egypt
The majestic Giza Pyramids in Egypt have long been a source of awe and inspiration. Their legacy was given a modern twist in the third edition of the art exhibition titled “Eternity Is Now”, which launched recently. This article delves deep into the facets of this iconic event, exploring its significance, diversity, and the remarkable artworks on display.
1. A Blend of International and Regional Artistry
The exhibition uniquely marries the rich history of ancient civilization with the perspectives of contemporary artists. With strong participation from both Egyptian and Gulf artists, the event showcases an array of artistic interpretations that ponder the wonders of ancient civilization through the lens of present-day concerns, passions, and fears.
2. Reviving the Past with Modern Materials
The showcased artworks primarily revolve around the theme of pyramids and temples, yet they are approached from a refreshingly modern perspective. Utilizing contemporary materials such as wood, glass, metals, and paper, the artists also integrated recyclable materials, promoting the concept of sustainability and recycling.
3. Themes That Resonate
The exhibition explores profound elements like earth, history, environment, and humanity. By placing modern art in the imposing backdrop of the Giza Pyramids, it prompts reflections on the timeless connection between past, present, and future.
4. A Diverse Line-up of Participants
Nadine Abdel Ghafar, the director of "Art D'Egypte", the organization behind the exhibition, expressed her enthusiasm for the enhanced scope of this edition. This year witnessed participation from 14 artists representing Egypt, Brazil, Argentina, the USA, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Greece, and the UK. Notably, the Gulf representation stood out with three distinguished artists: Rashid Al Sha’ashi from Saudi Arabia, Rashid Al Khalifa from Bahrain, and Azza Al Qubaisi from the UAE.
5. Rising International Confidence and Appeal
This edition of “Eternity Is Now” has been organized in collaboration with Egypt’s Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Tourism & Antiquities, and UNESCO. Ghafar remarked on the increasing trust from international partners and the event’s strengthening stature. The success of the previous editions greatly influenced this year's event, drawing a more diverse audience and elevating the level of showcased art.
6. Artistic Displays in the Shadow of the Pyramids
The displayed artworks, strategically positioned around the pyramids, range from intricate installations to spatial sculptures. They challenge conventions, hover in the realms of fantasy, utilize available spaces inventively, and often boast considerable dimensions.
7. Highlight Artworks
- Saudi artist Rashid Al Sha’ashi's creation, “The Transparent Pyramid”, is a multi-material wonder, epitomizing elegance.
- Bahraini work titled "Timeless Reality" features parallel rectangular shapes blending steel coated with aluminum and red copper.
- The Emirati contribution, named "Treasures", comprises dark brown installations made from corrosion-resistant steel.
American artist, Carol Fuerman, opted for bronze to sculpt a piece representing an Egyptian woman in the form of the "Goddess Hathor". Greek artist, Kostas Varotsos, under the title "Horizon", crafted eight circular sculptures from glass.
“Eternity Is Now” seamlessly blends ancient allure with modern artistic interpretations. By the Giza Pyramids, it offers a transformative experience, reminding attendees of the unbroken thread of humanity's artistic expression across time. With each edition, it promises to push boundaries further, drawing global attention to the harmonious merger of history and contemporary art.