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Current issue | Issue 1317, (27 October - 2 November 2016)
Sunday,19 August, 2018
Issue 1317, (27 October - 2 November 2016)

Ahram Weekly

Traditions revived

To highlight the creativity of younger Egyptian sculptors, the Adam Henein Foundation for Fine Art launched its first award, writes Nevine El-Aref

Traditions revived
Traditions revived
Al-Ahram Weekly

On Saturday night journalists, photographers and artists flocked to the Adam Henein Museum alongside the canal in Haraneya for the launch of the Adam Henein Sculpture Prize, of which Al-Ahram is a media sponsor. It was an opportunity to see such iconic statues as the Ship (on whose side is the name of Henein’s late wife Afaf) and Fatma, Henein’s first piece – completed during his last year at college – which is a young woman symbolising Egypt’s beauty, kindness and poverty. 

“I am very happy that my foundation is launching this award in order to encourage younger sculptors to go on pursuing their creativity in this field and never stop,” Henein announced. He went on to say that the art of sculpture is the art of patience, deliberation and isolation, which makes such a prize all the more important. 

For his part Akram Al-Magdoub, the Secretary General of the Adam Henein Foundation, sees the award as a new initiative of the foundation’s to play an enlightenment role and develop a public taste for art.“It will help us to take move out of Cairo to lower and upper Egypt to explore new talents and to support them,” he said.

Emad Abdel-Mohsen, Director General of the Adam Henein Museum, said that the award targets young Egyptian and Arab sculptors who are under 35 because sculpture in the Arab world needs new blood. Each candidate can only submit one work. (The work can be no bigger than a half meter squared, the deadline is 31 January 2017, the first prize is LE50,000 and the second is a 15-day stay at Henein’s own atelier under the artist’s direct supervision.) Abdel-Mohsen feels that the timing of the launch is ideal since it coincides with a “disfigurement movement” that has taken over Egyptian public space.

An exhibition for of all the submitted pieces will also be organised at the awards ceremony.

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