Tuesday,21 May, 2019
Current issue | Issue 1431, (21 - 27 February 2019)
Tuesday,21 May, 2019
Issue 1431, (21 - 27 February 2019)

Ahram Weekly

The dramatic sculptures of Mohamed Hagras are a must-see

Mohamed Hagras
Mohamed Hagras

The Gezira Arts Centre in Zamalek presents a must-see retrospective exhibition by the late sculptor Mohamed Hagras (1924-2004). 

The exhibition showcases a panorama of Hagras’s miscellaneous sculptures in which he uses various materials ranging from stone to wood and clay as well as direct sculpture using gypsum, all of which convey his ideas of people in society, expressing their daily lives and the conflicts and problems linked to their hopes and fears.

The late sculptor is one of the icons of the third generation of the fine art movement, who gained fame and critical acclaim in the 1950s and beyond. He is a pioneering figure who adopted a dramatic expressionist style.

Wood was the dearest material to his heart, and he has described himself as a “dramatic poet” with a heart filled with the love of humanity.

He represents the peak of the tendency to use of dynamic movement in the art of sculpture; for him the statue has always been a means of embodying a conflict between forms. The conflict reaches an intensity and power verging on brutality, and so the work is full of tension. He reflects a tortured and pain-filled world. This his expressionism is rooted in reality, with shapes presented at their simplest.

The exhibition will continue through 28 February

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