Identity, originality and heritage were embodied in the paintings of a group of Egyptian painters at "The Aesthetics of Modern and Contemporary Art in Egypt" exhibition held at Beirut Campus in the presence UAE Ambassador to Lebanon HE Dr. Hamad Saeed Al Shamusi Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Lebanon HE Nazih Al Najari, BAU President Professor Amr Galal El-Adawi, faculty deans, BAU Secretary General Dr. Omar Houri, Director of the Public Relations Department Ms. Zina Ariss, BAU administrative staff and a group of interested audience.
The exhibition was held in cooperation with Founoun Art Gallery and included artworks by artists Omar Najdi, Adel Siouie, Jerjes Lotfi, Fathi Afifi, Hani Rached, Islam Zaher, Mohamad Abla, and Wiam Masri. The artists presented different issues such as identity, nationalism, originality, heritage, globalization, alienation of the artist from society, and the revolution of information, as well as the implications of the policy of economic openness on the society in Egypt. Their work reflected multiple readings of these radical transformations, especially at the level of social mobility, which influenced the arts in general.
After the Lebanese and BAU Anthems, Ms. Noura Abou Zaher spoke of “BAU’s interest and encouragement of the arts and artists especially painting and sculpture.” President El-Adawi praised the painters’ artworks which touched our souls with their varied colors and shapes. He thanked the Egyptian Embassy and Ms. Christian Ashkar, owner of Founoun Art Gallery, for their contribution to the success of this exhibition.
El-Adawi stressed that “Beirut Arab University has always supported art as this is not the first time to host exhibitions. BAU seeks to always activate the artistic and cultural movement that helps develop students’ skills, artistic taste, and personalities which the university is keen to cultivate year after year.
Ms. Ashkar praised the exhibition and expressed her pride in publicizing contemporary Egyptian art, saying that the first art school was founded in Cairo by Prince Yusuf Kamel in 1908 and attended by generations of pioneers.