Spanish Ambassador to Egypt, Ramón Gil-Casares, delivered a speech at an event held by the Embassy in Cairo to honour Spanish artists Alberto Reguera and Lucia Solinger, who participated in the “Cairo International Art District”, organised by Art D’Égypte in Downtown Cairo from 15 September to 27 October.
“Downtown Cairo reminds me of artistic districts in Spain,” said Gil-Casares.
The Ambassador expressed his happiness to attend the opening ceremony of the “Cairo International Art District” held last Tuesday.
“We had the chance to admire and reflect on modern art pieces of 12 urban spaces in downtown Cairo with huge potential as an art district,” he said.
Gil-Casares mentioned that in fact, part of Downtown Cairo reminds him of Madrid and Barcelona, where the artwork presented by emerging Egyptian artists, as well as international creative artists, achieved great success.
The Ambassador thanked Nadine Abdel Ghaffar, Founder of Art D’Égypte, and her team for her leadership in Art D´Egypt, mentioning that he commends her vision that would help the citizens of Cairo see modern art in a different context, as well as her efforts to enrich intercultural cooperation between Egypt and Spain.
“We are happy to participate in this artistic project, with the participation of the Spanish artist Alberto Reguera, who presented a three-dimensional painting of the pyramids and the Nile River,” the Ambassador said.
He mentioned that this is not the first time that Reguera has participated in representing his country, as he previously represented Spain in France and China.
US Ambassador Jonathan Cohen said that he is proud to participate in these artistic projects, especially since there is always cooperation with European partners, and the US Embassy in Cairo sponsors the “Art d` Egypt” exhibition, adding that he always sees cultural cooperation as part of diplomatic cooperation.
The art project is sponsored by “Art d’Égypte”, a private cultural institution that seeks to introduce and display contemporary art in distinguished and famous Egyptian places such as the Pyramids of Giza, through activities that bring together Egyptian and foreign artists from all over the world.