The museum’s ancient Egyptian art collection now has a highly ornamental coffin belonging to a high-ranking priest.
Hyperallergic travels to Cairo to see one among a new wave of exhibitions that are reintroducing Egyptian modern art to a wider audience.
According to an Italian Egyptologist, one of the Egyptian Museum of Cairo’s most prized ancient paintings could be a 19th-century archeological forgery.
The bad news keeps rolling in for Egyptian Antiquities Minister Zahi Hawass, who yesterday was sentenced to one year in prison for his failure to enforce a court ruling. In other news, many Egyptians are outraged that Hawass used ancient Egyptian artifacts to promote his own menswear line.
Artist Ahmed Basiony was to represent Egypt in the 2011 Venice Biennale in an exhibition at the country’s national pavilion, curated by Shady El Noshokaty. Yet the artist will now be representing his country’s art community posthumously — Basiony died in gunfire in Tahrir Square while documenting the recent revolutionary protests.