Tuesday,23 April, 2019
Current issue | Issue 1407, (30 August - 5 September 2018)
Tuesday,23 April, 2019
Issue 1407, (30 August - 5 September 2018)

Ahram Weekly

An artist with a fighter spirit

Ahmed Nawwar
Ahmed Nawwar

Among the acquisitions on permanent display at the Museum of Modern Egyptian Art are works by Ahmed Nawwar.

Nawwar, former head of the Cultural Palaces Authority and former head of the Fine Arts Sector, is an artist with the spirit of a fighter, a painter with the spirit of a sniper. His goals are carefully defined and he hits them hard. He is an art critic of a special style. He is an excellent observer of the visual art movement, which for years he has been actively involved in through positions held at the Ministry of Culture since 1988.

The theme of war and peace is his most recurrent, while his style relies on geometric symbolism.

One of the most dominant motifs in his oeuvre is the triangle, which he draws on Islamic and Egyptian heritage to show. According to critic Makram Henein, “The works of Nawwar are pioneering in the field of modern engraving; he paved the way to a new school of technological renovation and advanced approaches that catch up with the latest in the world and he was followed by a good number of contemporary engravers. It is noteworthy that Nawwar’s works are based on deep intellectual thoughts centered on the state of human rupture, as reflected in his 1964 graduation project at the Faculty of Fine Arts on ‘The Day of Judgment’, in which he showed horror, pain, loss and suffering in the face of the Hereafter.”

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