Egypt International Art Fair Reinvents Itself as Art Cairo

by nevine

Contemporary art enthusiasts in Egypt will witness Egypt International Art Fair, which is held in Cairo next month, going through three vital changes.

First off, the organizers switched the name to “Art Cairo” instead of “Egypt International Art Fair”. The event hosted from February 11 to 14 will run daily from 3 pm to 10 pm.

Secondly, Art Cairo will only feature galleries rather than independent artists. Nearly 30 galleries from around the middle east will participate in the event, featuring artwork by over 150 artists.

And finally, the new Grand Egyptian Museum, the latest hot venue in Cairo, will host the event. In the past, Egypt International Art Fair usually took place at the Dusit Thani LakeView hotel in east Cairo.

Founder of the Art Fair, Mohamed Younis, indicated that the fair witnessed major success last year, with around 11,000 visitors attending the show. He added that the organizers expect the number of visitors to reach 15,000 to 18,000 people.

Regarding the name change, Younis explained that this move along with limiting participation to galleries instead of individual artists falls within the organizer’s attempt to align the event with international art fairs everywhere.

As for the destination change, he affirmed that hosting the Art Fair at the Grand Egyptian Museum is the right choice to upgrade the show’s profile.

The board of trustees of Art Cairo includes gallery owners and curators, such as Lebanese art expert Saleh Barakat and the founder of Art Talks, Faten Mostafa Kanafani.

Egypt participates with no less than 12 art galleries, namely, ArtTalks, Gallery Misr, Arcade, Mashrabia Gallery of Contemporary Art, Azad Art Gallery, Picasso East Art Gallery, Le Lab, Zamalek Art Gallery, Shelter Art Space, Medrar, Tintera, and Motion Art Gallery.

Other countries will take part in the show as well, including UAE, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Jordan.

The event will feature new and accomplished artists, provided they are sponsored by galleries participating in the event. Most of the displayed artwork will be on sale, except for a few private collections, NFTs, and several installation videos and projects.

Prices will range from $500 to $100,000, adjusted in the equivalent amount in Egyptian currency. As for the tickets’ prices, one-day tickets cost 200 Egyptian pounds ($6.70), while four-day tickets cost 300 Egyptian pounds ($10). You can purchase either ticket online, using the following link:

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