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October 1, 2021 - January 22, 2022

Cairo Modern showcases works by Egyptian modernists from the 1920s to the 1970s, half a century of rich architectural production that complicate our present understanding of global modernism. The exhibition introduces audiences to key architects from the period such as Sayed Karim (pictured) as well as examples of their works commissioned by the state and the city’s burgeoning bourgeoisie. Modernism in Cairo reflected the aspirations of the new classes that formed after Egypt’s 1919 Revolution who embraced the Modernist house or apartment as the materialization of new notions of class, identity, and modernity.

The exhibition accompanies the publication of Cairo Since 1900: An Architectural Guide, the first comprehensive survey of the city’s modern constructions including 226 buildings in 17 geographic areas built from 1900 to the present.

Curator: Mohamed Elshahed, Independent Curator; Author, Cairo Since 1900: An Architectural Guide

Exhibition Designer: Rami Abou-Khalil, AIA, RAIC

Graphic Designer: Ahmad Hammoud

  • Supported by:

    Cairo Modern is supported in part by a grant from the Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation.

  • Patron

    Sherine Sawiris

  • Cairo Modern is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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Installation view, Cairo Modern at the Center for Architecture, 2021. Photo: Asya Gorovits.
Installation view, Cairo Modern at the Center for Architecture, 2021. Photo: Asya Gorovits.

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Installation view, Cairo Modern at the Center for Architecture, 2021. Photo: Asya Gorovits.
Installation view, Cairo Modern at the Center for Architecture, 2021. Photo: Asya Gorovits.

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October 1, 2021 - January 22, 2022

Cairo Modern showcases works by Egyptian modernists from the 1920s to the 1970s, half a century of rich architectural production that complicate our present understanding of global modernism. The exhibition introduces audiences to key architects from the period such as Sayed Karim (pictured) as well as examples of their works commissioned by the state and the city’s burgeoning bourgeoisie. Modernism in Cairo reflected the aspirations of the new classes that formed after Egypt’s 1919 Revolution who embraced the Modernist house or apartment as the materialization of new notions of class, identity, and modernity.

The exhibition accompanies the publication of Cairo Since 1900: An Architectural Guide, the first comprehensive survey of the city’s modern constructions including 226 buildings in 17 geographic areas built from 1900 to the present.

Curator: Mohamed Elshahed, Independent Curator; Author, Cairo Since 1900: An Architectural Guide

Exhibition Designer: Rami Abou-Khalil, AIA, RAIC

Graphic Designer: Ahmad Hammoud

  • Supported by:

    Cairo Modern is supported in part by a grant from the Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation.

  • Patron

    Sherine Sawiris

  • Cairo Modern is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

    • Logo of the Department of Cultural Affairs of New York City
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