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Cairo's Contemporary Art Scene

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Egyptian artists today are probably somewhere between the novelty and political stages, which is why so many feel boxed in by expectations and misrepresented. Egypt will always be known first for its antiquity: 5,000 years of history cast an inescapably long shadow. But while the dynasty that built the pyramids has long since died out, and the medieval bazaar now has more tourists than merchants, the contemporary art scene has never been more alive.

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Destinations: Cairo

Inspired by: Visions of Cairo — by Sean Rocha, Published Nov. 2006

Hotels (2)

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    Talisman Hotel de Charme

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    Mena House Hotel

    With what is perhaps the most coveted location in all of Egypt—on 40 lush acres in the shadow of Khufu or “Great” Pyramid in the Cairo suburbs—the

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    La Bodega

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    Felfela

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    Medieval Cairo

    Located east of downtown, this old quarter of narrow alleys and soaring minarets (which dates to the Fatimid period) is the city’s traditional cent

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    Cairo Atelier

    The gallery is frequented by the older Cairo set of artists.

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    Karim Francis

    This independent gallery specializes in traditional fine arts.

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    Mashrabia Gallery

    The gallery space exhibits works by respected contemporary artists who use traditional and indigenous materials.

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    Museum of Egyptian Modern Art

    This oft-overlooked gem in Cairo, holds an impressive collection that reflects modern Egyptian culture.

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    Townhouse Gallery

    This contemporary art gallery sits on a lovely quiet lane.

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    Diwan Bookstore

    The go-to place in Cairo for English-language books.

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    Cairo Opera House

    The grand structure was built in the neo-Islamic style.

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  • Cruising the Nile by Luxury Riverboat

    Egypt, Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, Karnak

    The thriving markets of Aswan. The grand archaeological sites of Luxor. The lush, ancient landscapes. Experience a luxuriously unhurried riverboat cruise in Egypt on the Nile.

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