It’s official: the Pyramids of Giza will serve as the backdrop for a contemporary art exhibition for the first time in their history. The historic 4,500-year-old site will see Forever is Now, an exhibition showcasing the work of Egyptian and international artists.
Nadine Abdel Ghaffar, the founder of Art D’Egypte, is behind the idea. Ghaffar founded the cultural platform of the same name, with the goal of promoting Egyptian art while highlighting the nation’s heritage sites through annual exhibitions.
In 2017, Ghaffar hosted Eternal Light at the Egyptian Museum, followed by Nothing Vanishes, Everything Transforms at the Manial Palace in Cairo in 2018, and lastly Art D’Egypte took over four different heritage sites in Historic Cairo for a 2019 exhibition entitled Reimagined Narratives.
Although 2020’s iteration was cancelled due to the pandemic, plans for 2021 are already underway and they’re bigger than ever. This is set to be the first exhibition to ever be held at the pyramids.
“This exhibition is a token of hope for humanity and a humble tribute to a civilisation that stands the test of time,” says Abdel Ghaffar on the upcoming show.
To make it happen, Abdel Ghaffar teamed up with independent curator Simon Watson to select artists, who will be both Egyptian and international. Renowned Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass will also be advising.