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Egypt to inaugurate Mohamed Mahmoud Khalil Museum after decade-long closure

Museum, affiliated with fine arts sector, will be inaugurated after 10 year closure

Egypt’s Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem will attend the inauguration ceremony to open the Mohamed Mahmoud Khalil Museum, following its closure for ten years. 

The museum, located in Giza, is considered one of the most important monuments of plastic art in the world, due to its valuable collections. 

The museum, which has been closed since 2010 for renovations, includes rare works by some of the world’s most famous painters. They were endowed by Mohammed Mahmoud Khalil and his wife, and include works by Paul Gauguin, Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Auguste Rodin and Vincent van Gogh.

The museum was opened on 23 July 1962, and dedicated to the memory of Mohammed Mahmoud Khalil Pasha and his wife Emmaline Lock.

The four storey palace was constructed in the French style as a residence for Khalil, an Egyptian politician and Wafd Party member, in 1920. 

The museum includes up to 304 oil, water, and pastel paintings, and about 50 bronze, marble and gypsum statues, in addition to a group of works by the greatest artists of the 19th Century.

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