Wednesday,20 February, 2019
Current issue | Issue 1137, 28 February - 6 March 2013
Wednesday,20 February, 2019
Issue 1137, 28 February - 6 March 2013

Ahram Weekly

State of the art

The closing ceremony of the 18th Aswan International Sculpture Symposium will take place today, the final touches having been added to the Open-Air Museum in preparation for inauguration, reports Reham El-Adawi. Located in the mountain overlooking the Nile, the museum includes a gallery and an open-air theatre; a stairway links the theatre to the gallery while a separate area contains the ticket booth, management rooms, bathrooms, gift shop and cafeteria. Centred around the multipurpose hall, other facilities have been incorporated since 2010 in anticipation of the opening. At present the gallery is furnished with the required glass cases, while the gift shop is ready to stock postcards and symposium catalogues to be printed annually by the Cultural Development Fund. Designed by Akram Al-Magdoub, the museum will not be finished, however, he says, until visitors are interacting with it. 

“The open-air theatre is now ready for visitors,” Magdoub says. “It is a multipurpose space that can be used as a gallery for showcasing sculpture; in the future it can also serve as a cultural centre where big cultural events can take place. As long as the symposium continues, it will generate new ideas for the design of the Open-Air Museum.”

The photo, by Bassam Al-Zoghby, is of one of the sculptures on permanent show.


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