Have you ever seen something so amazing that it takes your breath away? Something that makes you feel small and insignificant in the grand scheme of things? If so, then you know what it’s like to stand in the shadow of the Great Pyramids of Giza.
These ancient structures are some of the most impressive feats of engineering ever accomplished. They were built over 4,500 years ago, and they still stand today, a testament to the ingenuity and power of the ancient Egyptians.
The pyramids are a must-see for any visitor to Egypt. They are a powerful reminder of the past and a glimpse into the minds of people who were truly ahead of their time.
Forever is Now
Forever is Now, an exhibition featuring 14 contemporary artists from around the world, will be held at the Pyramids of Giza from October 26 to November 18, 2023.
The third edition of Forever is Now, the first and only contemporary art exhibition to be held at the 4,500-year-old UNESCO World Heritage Site, is curated and organized by CulturVator – Art D’Egypte.
The exhibition will follow the continuity of themes that stretch from our ancient past to the present day, paying homage to the ingenuity and reflections of human civilization and art.
This year’s edition is centered on the concept of “play” and will see the Giza Plateau transformed into a space of serendipity, chance, and experimentation, featuring interactive sculptural artworks that invite viewers to engage with each installation actively.
By becoming creators of their own experience and altering the outcome of each work, visitors to Forever is Now will blur the line between artist and viewer in a playground of possibilities.
Watch the video below to get a complete sense of the art installations amongst the pyramids.
The exhibition will feature the following highlights:
- Rashid Al Khalifa’s fragments of a labyrinth, emerging from the ground at varying angles, each inscribed with motifs sourced from a 1679 work, Turris Babel (The Tower of Babel), written by the Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher.
- Dionysios’s geometrical installation is based on instructions to artificial intelligence to imagine different prayers on light.
- Carole Feureman’s hyperrealist sculpture evokes Hathor, the ancient Egyptian goddess of love and fertility.
- Artur Lescher’s interactive sculpture calls for the viewer to take in The Great Pyramids of Giza from a new perspective.
- Arne Quinze’s circular Lupine sculpture will provide a viewpoint into an isolated vista of one of the Pyramids and its invisible axis lines.
- Pilar Zeta’s limestone portal sits amidst gold and blue spherical objects, a checkerboard pathway, and a mirrored egg.
The other artists participating in Forever is Now are Azza Al Quibaisi (UAE), Costas Varotsos (Greece), JR (France), Mohamed Banawy (Egypt), Rashed Al Shaishai (Saudi Arabia), Sabine Marcelis (The Netherlands), Sam Shendi (Egypt & UK), and Stephan Breuer (France.)
One of the artists participating in the exhibition is Artur Lescher, a Brazilian artist known for his three-dimensional work. Lescher’s 2023 work ‘Observatory Meta Oiko’ is a participatory piece that allows visitors to use it as an observation instrument.
The key idea is to invert the scales so that visitors can see the pyramids from a different perspective and consider the human scale from a new framework by using the interior of the pyramids as a reference.
“Producing this artwork in Egypt today, in the context of the pyramids, is akin to reframing a question that was initially posed when the first stone was laid. It reflects the human scale in a new context, using the inner part of the pyramids as a benchmark.”Artur Lescher
Lescher (born 1962 in São Paulo, Brazil) creates pieces that transcend the traditional boundaries of sculpture, installation, and object to create new forms and meanings. He uses juxtapositions of solid geometric structures made of metal, brass, and copper with impermanent or changeable elements, such as water, olive oil, and salt, to create works that are open to interpretation.
His work is included in significant public collections, such as the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA), the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH), and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Some of Lescher’s recent solo shows include “Observatório” at Farol Santander in Porto Alegre, Brazil (2022), “Artur Lescher: suspensão” at Estação Pinacoteca in São Paulo, Brazil (2019), and “Asterismos” at Almine Rech Gallery in Paris, France (2019.)
Art D’Egypte by by Culturvator
Forever is Now is organized by Art D’Égypte, a cultural platform that promotes Egyptian art and preserves heritage sites. Annual exhibitions showcase contemporary art in historical settings, linking the past to the present.
In 2017, “Eternal Light” took place at the Egyptian Museum. In 2018, “Nothing Vanishes, Everything Transforms” was held at Manial Palace in Cairo. In 2019, “Reimagined Narratives” occupied four heritage sites in Historic Cairo. Since then, Art D’Égypte has received patronage from UNESCO.
Art D’Égypte is also an established art consultancy service that provides private and corporate advice. Its collateral initiatives include public events, talks, lectures, and partner collaborations to create scholarships and residency programs.
Exploring The Great Pyramids of Giza
Forever is Now is an ambitious exhibition that explores the enduring legacy of the Great Pyramids of Giza. The show is an homage to the continuum of civilization and the relentless pursuit of life. It’s hard to imagine without being there.
Autumn (September-November) and spring (March-May) are the best times to see the Great Pyramids of Giza, so traveling for Forever Is Now is perfect timing. The weather will be a bit cooler than summer, and the crowds will be a bit thinner.
The nearest major airport to the Great Pyramids of Giza is Cairo International Airport (CAI), which is about an hour away on the other side of the city. Many airlines fly to Cairo from all over the world throughout the year.
Where to Stay
There are many hotels in Cairo and Giza, ranging from budget-friendly to luxurious. I recommend staying in Giza with a view of the pyramids. Forever is Now begins at the Mena House Gate and Ticket Office, which is next to the Great Pyramid of Giza and Marriott Mena House, Cairo.
Staying at the five-star resort is the best way to experience Giza. With access to their golf course, spa, and outdoor pool, you’ll be set for a day of relaxation after exploring the exhibition. You can book an airport transfer when you book your room and then rent a private car service on-site to explore Cairo during the day.
How to Find Transport to the Pyramids
If you don’t stay nearby or book a transfer with your hotel, there are many ways to get to the pyramids. You can take a taxi, metro, or private tour.
If you are taking a taxi, make sure to agree on a price with the driver before you get in the car and confirm you are going to the Great Pyramids of Giza. A private tour is less hassle.
Giza Metro station on Al Haram Street, located about 8 km away, is the closest metro station to the Pyramids of Giza. From here, you can take a taxi or a microbus for the 15-minute drive to the pyramids. Microbuses are a popular mode of transportation in Cairo and are a more economical option for reaching the pyramids.
Great Pyramids of Giza Map
Here are a few tips for visiting the Great Pyramids of Giza:
- Wear comfortable shoes, as you will be doing a lot of walking.
- Bring sunscreen, as the sun can be powerful.
- Drink plenty of water, as even though it is autumn, you can expect the heat to be about 88°F/31°C.
- Make sure you have enough time to see the Great Sphinx of Giza.
- Consider taking a camel ride or a hot air balloon ride over the pyramids.
Forever Is Now | Oct 26 – Nov 18, 9 AM – 4 PM | The Great Pyramids of Giza, Egypt