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Large Number of Bahraini Figures Attend Farouk Hosny Exhibition Opening

Wed 12 Jan 2022 | 03:36 PM
Ahmed Moamar

Yesterday, Tuesday, the halls of the Arts Center in Manama, the capital city of the Kingdom of Bahrain, witnessed the opening of the exhibition of the artist Farouk Hosny, in a festival atmosphere.

A constellation of their  Excellency Sheikhs, Ministers, ambassadors, artists, intellectuals, and art lovers in the Kingdom of Bahrain were keen to witness the opening ceremony.

The opening  ceremony was attended by Her Excellency Sheikha Mai bent Mohammed Al Khalifa, President of the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, His Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Adviser to His Majesty the King for Diplomatic Affairs, His Excellency Sheikha Wesal bent Mohammed Al Khalifa, His Excellency Sheikh Rashid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, President of the National Council of Arts, His Excellency Sheikha Hala bent Mohammed Al Khalifa, Director General of Culture and Arts, His Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Ali bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, Minister of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments, Sheikha Hind bent Salman Al Khalifa, President of the Child and Maternity Welfare Association and Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of the Women and Child Information Center, His Excellency Sheikh Rashid Abdul Al-Rahman Al-Khalifa, former ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the Arab Republic of Egypt, and his wife, His Excellency Minister Nabil bin Yaqoub Al-Hamar, and   His wife, Advisor to His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of the Kingdom of Bahrain for Media Affairs, His Excellency Mr. Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al-Mutawa and His wife, Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Chairman of the National Committee .

The opening was also attended by Ambassador Yasser Shaaban and wife - Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the Kingdom of Bahrain and, Ambassador Tariq Al-Koni and wife.

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Also, the opening ceremony was attended by   Khaled Farhan,  a Bahraini sculptor,  Director Walid Awni, the media professional,   Parween Habib,   artist Adnan Al-Ahmad,  artist Jamal Abdel Rahim,   artist Abdel Rahim Sharif, the artist Abbas Al Mousawi,   artist Balqis Fakhro,   artist Ahmed Al Jumairi, Dr. Ibrahim Al-Bashmi, and a large group were also keen to attend.

The opening ceremony was attended by young artists of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Egyptians and foreigners residing in the Kingdom, art lovers, and members of the Egyptian community in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The opening of the exhibition included several artistic activities and the presentation of a documentary film about the career of artist Farouk Hosny.

It is worth noting that the exhibition included 45 artworks produced in 2020 and 2021 in an abstract style, which is characterized by the artist Farouk Hosny, in addition to 7 sculpture works inspired by Hosny’s abstract works dedicated and executed by the Bahraini sculptor  Khaled Farhan.

The artworks of Hosny show various techniques within the framework of the abstract style that characterized most of Hosny's works, but they ranged between free abstraction and geometric abstraction, which is a relatively different stage for the artist's works.

The works were characterized by two main features, which are the proportionality between colors and their ability to express different emotional states in almost all of the works.

The attendees expressed their admiration for the exhibition and the displayed works, and the paintings that carried sentimental touches gained the interest and comments of some of the attendees as a relatively different stage in the great artist Farouk Hosny's artistic experience.

Sheikha Mai bent Mohammed Al Khalifa, President of the Culture and Antiquities Authority, said, “In the Kingdom of Bahrain, we are proud to host an exhibition by the artist Farouk Hosni.

She added that  Egypt is always present in Bahrain’s cultural movement through its artists, its literature, its poets, musicians, and ancient cultural institutions.

On his part, Ambassador Yasser Shaaban, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the Kingdom of Bahrain, expressed his happiness at the inauguration of an exhibition by the adroit artist Farouk Hosny, former Egyptian Minister of Culture, in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Shaaban explained that the exhibition represents the permanent and distinct added value of the Egyptian cultural balance in one of the capitals of Arab and Islamic culture - namely, Manama - in addition to the exhibition and the   presence of the great artist Farouk Hosny in person which  represented  the expected momentum as Hosny is beloved to the Arab and foreign cultural audience in Bahrain

“ The presence of many ambassadors of brotherly and friendly countries in the exhibition stems from the keenness of all of them to participate in this unique event”, Shaaban said.

The artist Farouk Hosni expressed his happiness with this exhibition that is being held in the Kingdom of Bahrain, in which he felt the love, warmth, and appreciation of all the sheikhs, ministers, artists, and intellectuals of the Kingdom of Bahrain for him and his art.

It has a cultural and civic peculiarity among its neighbors, and it is a country that has always been known for making and celebrating culture and arts, and its people are always loving and interested in culture and arts.

Hosny concluded by thanking the Culture and Arts Authority in the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Bahrain Gallery and the artist Khaled Farhan for directing the exhibition in such a wonderful way, which was praised by all the attendees.

He also thanked the Egyptian Ambassador, Yasser Shaaban, the Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the Kingdom of Bahrain, for his interest and keenness on the honorable representation of the State of Egypt and the display of Egyptian art in Bahrain.

This is the second exhibition of the artist Farouk Hosny in the Kingdom of Bahrain; the first time was in 1992 at the Bahrain National Museum, and the exhibition is scheduled to continue until the fifth of next February at the Arts Center in the Kingdom of Bahrain.