Cairo International Biennale

Cairo International Biennale

Lara Baladi, Borg El Amal (Tower of Hope), 2008. Ephemeral construction and sound installation: symphony, bricks and cement, 9 meters high. Installation at Cairo Biennial of Contemporary Art, 2008-09. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Lara Baladi.

The Palace Of Arts, Ard El Opera، EL GEZIRAH، Zamalek

Since its inception in 1984, the Cairo Biennale has been considered one of the most important cultural events in the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa). Conceived and initially designed to explore contemporary art in the Arab world, the concepts of the successive artistic directors expanded the interest to the global international arena. The Biennale is produced by the Fine Arts Sector of the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, and the exhibition is spread over the entirety of all public spaces managed by the sector, such as the Palais des Arts, the Museum of Modern Egyptian Art, the Aishy Fahmy Palace, or the Hanager Center in the Egyptian Opera House. The success in sustaining the event has had in a direct impact over the past decades on the contemporary art practices arising from Egypt as well as from the Middle East region.


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