With tens of temporary exhibitions for ancient Egyptian artefacts in foreign countries, Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities also hosts set of exhibitions in Egyptian Museum, and American-German photographer Marc Erwin Babej’s is their latest.
Under the name of “Between Yesterday and Tomorrow, Art from a Realistic Perspective,” the exhibition kicks off 2 September and lasts for a month, in cooperation with the Hildesheim Museum in Germany.
Elham Saah, the head of museums sector at the Ministry of Antiquities said in a press release that the exhibition showcases a selection of Babej’s portraits, in which he combined ancient Egyptian art motifs into a contemporary photo realistic art, bringing the past and the present together.
She added that Babej’s art developed the main unique elements of ancient Egyptian arts into modernism, through using human bodies in several different forms.
Babej’s art style is named “virtual realism ,” and is seen as the rebirth of Egyptian iconography, according to many Egyptologists.
Sabah Abdel-Razek, director general of the Egyptian Museum also stated in the press release that the portraits were made and finalised by a team of 50 specialists supervised by Babej, including 13 Egyptologists from several institutions around the world, such as Colombia University, Sorbonne, and Harvard and the American University in Cairo.
The exhibition was previously held three times in the United States, the Hildesheim Museum, and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.