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NMEC Opens Temporary Exhibition on Occasion of New Year


Tue 02 Jan 2024 | 02:19 PM
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Under the title “Let There Be Light - Glimpses of Christian Arts in Egypt,” Dr. Ahmed Ghoneim, CEO of the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, opened today a temporary exhibition in the Museum’s Egyptian Textile Hall, on the occasion of New Year’s and Christmas.

Dr. Ghoneim was accompanied during the opening ceremony by Dr. Maysarah Abdullah, Executive Vice President of the Museum Authority for Archaeological Affairs.

Dr. Maysarah Abdullah explained that the exhibition includes a unique collection of the museum’s collectibles that shows the masterpieces of early Coptic art in Egypt, within the framework of the museum’s keenness to shed light on important heritage and cultural holidays and events that aim to raise archaeological and cultural awareness, and introduce the public of all age groups to forms of art. Coptic, in confirmation of the role of art in promoting the spirit of tolerance among peoples and supporting rapprochement between cultures.

The Executive Vice President of the museum pointed out that some of the museum's holdings are being displayed for the first time to the public, including Coptic icons that were made in different artistic styles, and several manuscripts written in the Coptic and Arabic languages from the beginning of the Islamic era.

The exhibition includes examples of Coptic arts, such as metal and wooden artifacts, and models along with pieces of ceramic and pottery that were used in monasteries and churches, as well as in church service rituals in Egypt.

On the sidelines of the exhibition, Azza Rizk, responsible for museum education and the educational department, indicated that the museum’s educational department also organizes several cultural and educational events and workshops, which present to the public of various age groups, especially children, to celebrate the beginning of the new year 2024.

These activities include a workshop on the art of paper folding, "origami", in order to teach the juniors how to make greeting cards in the shape of a Christmas tree accompanied by writing ancient Greek names, and a set of decorations made of paper to highlight the symbols of celebrating the New Year.

Old wood was also reused to create an artistic painting, as the museum is keen to educate junior visitors to be nterested in recycling materials, which was presented by Heba Abdel Qader, an art specialist at the museum, with students from the College of Art Education.

Translated by Ahmed Moamar