Forever is Now: Pyramids of Giza to act as setting for 2021 art show

The exhibition will focus on the influence of ancient Egypt on artists

A camel guide leads a tourist on a camel at the Giza pyramids plateau overlooking the Giza necropolis on the southwestern outskirts of the Egyptian capital on March 13, 2020, as in the background are seen the Pyramid of Khafre (Chephren) and Menkaure (Menkheres). (Photo by Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP)

The millennia-old Pyramids of Giza will be the site of a contemporary art exhibition planned for October 2021.

Titled Forever is Now, the show will focus on the influence of ancient Egypt on the creative communities of today. It will feature a trail of works by Egyptian and international artists installed across the Giza Plateau.

The company behind the initiative is Art D'Egypte, which is known for organising annual art shows at the country's various heritage sites. Speaking of Forever is Now, Art D'Egypte founder Nadine Abdel Ghaffar told The Art Newspaper: "This exhibition is a token of hope for humanity and a humble tribute to a civilisation that stands the test of time."

Abdel Ghaffar is working with independent curator Simon Watson to select the artists for the show and Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass to plot the trail.

In 2017, Art D'Egypte put on its first exhibition, Eternal Light, at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square. It juxtaposed the museum's artefacts with contemporary works by regional artists.

The same concept has been replicated in their other shows, including 2018's Nothing Vanishes, Everything Transforms, held at the 19th-century Manial Palace and Museum. The building is known for its unique combination of Rococo styles, and Ottoman and Persian architectural motifs.

Last year, Art D'Egypte presented Reimagined Narratives along Al Muizz Street in the Unesco World Heritage Site of Historic Cairo, also known as Islamic Cairo.

The new show at the Pyramids of Giza, which is also a Unesco World Heritage Site, is supported by Egypt's national commission for Unesco and the country's Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

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