Best of 2019: Top 10 Art Exhibitions in Egypt

Author of this article for Hubpages is Heba El Moaz, who is also the co-founding director of SOMA Art School & Gallery in Zamalek, Cairo. Click here to read her list and scroll down on this page for a quick overview of her nine additional highlights.

This is an excerpt from what Heba El Moaz had to say about Reimagined Images and The 29th Letter of the Alphabet:

“Reimagined Narratives” is the third series of pop-up exhibitions held at different heritage sites across Egypt by Art D’Égypte. The third annual art exhibition is on view for three weeks from late October at four historic locations along Al-Mu’izz li-Din Allah al-Fatimi Street in the UNESCO world heritage site of Islamic Cairo. This type of exhibition is the first step to reconnect us with our culture and heritage.

Also a broad project curated by Alexandra Stock under the name of “The 29th Letter of Alphabet” was running in parallel during the exhibition and it took place at Downtown Cairo in Tamara Building. A program of talks, lectures and workshops and a collaboration with five Egyptian galleries: Mashrabia Gallery of Contemporary Art, Gallery Misr Karim Francis Gallery, Picasso Gallery, and Atoun Gallery which were displaying works of 43 modern and contemporary Egyptian artists.


The Banyan Tree
A solo exhibition of work by Mervert Allam
Gypsum Gallery, Maadi
March 27–April 20, 2019


Il était une fois à Éden
A solo exhibition of work by Khaled Hafez
Curated by Ehab El-Labban
Ofok Gallery, Dokki and Mohamed Mahmoud Khalil Museum, Giza
April 17–August 10, 2019


Smells like Teen Spirit
A solo exhibition of work by Youssef Rageb
SOMA Art Gallery, Zamalek
April 16–May 29, 2019


13th Cairo International Biennale
Curated by Ehab El-Labban
Palace of Arts and Museum of Modern Art, Zamalek
Aisha Famy Palace, Manial
June 10–August 10, 2019


A group exhibition of work by Aya Tarek, Hani Mahfouz, Khoshoua El Gohary, Marianne Fahmy, Mohamed Sabry, Nada El Kalaawy, Nadia Mouneir, Naguib Moein, Nair Tanbouli, Shadwa Ali, Shady Habiba, Therese Antoine
Curated by SOMA Art Gallery
Shelter Art Space, Downtown Alexandria  
June 15–July 15, 2019


Barry Iverson’s The Tour
A solo exhibition of work by Barry Iverson
Tintera, Zamalek 
June 16–September 30, 2019


9th Cairo Video Festival
Curated by Medrar for contemporary art
Misc. venues, Downtown 
September 9–30, 2019


Where is the Fun in Contemporary Art?
A group exhibition of work by Ammar Abu Bakr, Mohamed Ismail, Yasmine ElMeleegy, Hany Rashed, Ayman Ramadan, Sara AbouElWafa
Curated by 28 Curatorial Collective (Dina Jereidini and Katie McDougall)
Cairo Gas, 6 El Nabrawy Street, Downtown 
October 22–November 15, 2019


42 Bahgat Ali
A solo exhibition of work by Hana El Sagini
Zamalek Art Gallery, Zamalek 
November 17–December 7 , 2019