Gamal Al Sagini at the Zamalek Art Gallery, Cairo

“ Every artist has, or ought to have, a character or system of his own ; if instead of referring that to the test of nature, you judge him by your own packed notions , or arraign him at the tribunal of schools which he does not recognize – you degrade the dignity of art, and add another fool to the herd of Dilettanti “ – J.H. Fuseli

Two weeks ago this afternoon , and three days before the opening of Gamal Al Sagini’s exhibition , I was guided through the Zamalek Art Gallery by Ahmad , a beguiling and passionate gallery attendant with higher artistic sensibilities , only to emerge three hours later blinking in the dark and in total emotional disarray.

This show , which in time , will retrospectively prove to be a watershed in the history of the Zamalek Art Gallery, left me totally stirred , shaken and in awe of a giant in whose footsteps no other Egyptian artist has since been able to walk.

It turned my world inside out , at a point in my life where I found myself inadvertently walking down alleyways in the labyrinths of my mind , places that for a long time I had decided were not safe to visit ; it opened up emotions that had long been shelved and stirred the demons hidden inside all of us , demons that we consciously quieten for fear of destabilizing the comfort zone of the status quo.

Gamal Al Sagini did that , lived that , fought that and eventually succumbed to that….he paid for it with his life because even giants of this magnitude cannot override the volcanic and implosive creative torment within.

In the Autumn of 1977 , he travelled from Cairo to Barcelona for what would become his last exhibition ; there he parted with life at the untimely age of sixty at a point when his creative genius was burning like an incandescent torch and his phenomenal oeuvre was only half done.

I stand today before his son and only child , Magd Al Sagini , a highbrow artist in his own right who bears an eerie and disquieting resemblance to his father ; he is left with the legacy of his epic artistic output and the heavy and difficult task of retracing me back on his father’s footsteps.

The Zamalek Art Gallery is a beautiful artspace with high ceilings and whitewashed walls draped by the softest Egyptian northern light , the wooden floors are oak and you can glide over them silently to soak in the artwork at your own comfortable pace.

But don’t be fooled, this body of thirty-eight works is far from being eye-candy; it grabs you by the loins like a thug , ruffles up your hair , scrums up your viscera and then ….leaves you to tidy up your own emotional dishevelment .

The tempo races mercilessly from a crescendo of unmitigated political messages , tackled with total clarity and unwavering focus to a decrescendo of maternal love and adulation .

If Hofman said that “ Art is the glorification of the human spirit and as such is the cultural documentation of the time in which it is produced” then Al Sagini did just that.

No other Egyptian artist in the twentieth century encapsulated the spirit of a nation like he did. Nationally and internationally his work showed profoundly human qualities as well as politically uncompromising convictions .

Although a multidisciplinary artist – he tackled drawing , painting , mixed media , collage , ceramics , hammered copper and sculpture with equal aplomb – he would always come back to his first and true love , Sculpture…it was his passion and it was his forte.

If Sculpture by definition is the art of representation of observed and imagined objects then Al Sagini took it one step further ; everything he created with his “articulate” hands was inspired by deep sympathy and tenderness , coupled with a boundless love of humanity and an intellectual curiosity that far transcended the scope of artistic studies.

Through his sculptures and works on hammered copper he extolled the virtues and merits of great mortals , praised lavishly the creations of our greatest writers, poets , philosophers , artists , composers and yet , he exalted the struggle and rebellion of forgotten men – free-born and desperately trying to break from the shackles of deprivation imposed on them by flagrant political and social injustices.

In “The Tree Of Destiny” ( Hammered copper relief- 133 cmx75cm-1962 ) , we see the disillusioned farmer destroying the tree of injustice and its rotten fruits of discrimination , materialism , inequity and prejudice .

In “ Hiroshima “ ( Hammered copper relief-80cmx36cm-1958 ) , he graphically engraved the most scandalous and tragic catastrophy of the twentieth century . If the “ devil is in the detail” then this work leaves you shuffling around it ; you stare , you walk away , you come back on yourself again to have one more look because you must touch every crease , every wrinkle , every deformity – you are the onlooker and you feel directly implicated in this monstruous atrocity .

Sculpture is one of the oldest and most widespread of the Arts. It is also one of the most difficult , for it requires physical strength , labour , patience , concentration and determination , knowledge and complete control of the materials at hand .

“ The Great Crossing of The Suez Canal” ( Bronze- 33x127x 38cm-1973 ) marks the war of 1973 when the Egyptian army under the presidency of Anwar Al-Sadat crossed the Suez Canal and overran the Bar Lev Line in what would become known as the Yom Kippur or October 1973 War ; this opened up negotiations and eventually led to the Peace Treaty in 1978 between Egypt and Israel.

This historic event marked a turning point of disillusionment and anger in Al Sagini’s heart , in response to which he ordered his son to help him break and cast into the Nile a great bulk of his statues – an allegorical act that signified that the only thing that was truly worthy of his creations was the mighty River Nile .

On a final and no less passionate note , “ The Earth” ( Bronze-40x20x20cm ) epitomizes Al Sagini’s fervor and attachment to his Motherland , the man sitting with fists clenched holding onto the last bit of earth , the big and solid feet as if digging his roots into the ground underneath , the broad shoulders, the chiseled and serene face show unshakable determination and pride.

Al Sagini was a maker and an arduous one too, free of self-dramatization and elitism he wanted to bridge the gap between art and the onlooker , he created continuously and unreservedly with total integrity and unfaltering focus .

There are no whispering ghosts here, no hushed messages but , only , the magnanimous presence of a supremely accomplished and epic artist .

Gamal Al Sagini was born in Cairo in 1917 . He studied Sculpting at the Higher School of Fine Arts, in Cairo and later went to Paris at his own expense to pursue higher studies. In 1947, he earned a scholarship to go to Rome where he received a diploma in Sculpture and Medal Arts.

El Sagini formed the group “Sawt El Fanan” -the Artist’s Voice- many of the young artists of the time who believed in new artistic styles became members.

He introduced symbolism and expressionism to Egyptian Sculpture.

This , coupled with his great talent paved the way to earning him several prestigious awards: the Gold Medal at the 1957 International Moscow Exhibition, and the Gold Medal at the International Brussels Exhibition.

In 1958 he was awarded First Prize in the High Council for the Support of Arts and Literature Competition for the design of a sculpture of the poet Ahmad Shawky. The Statue, in Bronze stands in the Borghese Gardens in Rome; another was also erected in the Horreya Garden in Gezira Cairo.

In 1977 El Sagini traveled to Spain for a retrospective exhibit of his works organized by the Egyptian General Organization for Information.

He died on the 19th of September 1977 in Barcelona.

His work has been acquired by numerous institutions worldwide namely ,the New York Public Library, the Oriental Art Museum in Moscow, the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, the Beijing Museum, and the Villa Borghese Park in Rome, Italy.

About the author

Maie Yanni
Maie Yanni is a Medical Doctor, qualified from The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and specialized in Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and High-risk Obstetric Anaesthesia. In 2000 , she took a sabbatical from medical practice and has since been managing art ventures on a project-management basis. She is also an artist and has a special interest in Sudanese Art and Art Brut. She is based in Cairo.

63 Comments

  1. Karima says:

    The individual busts of iconic Egyptian figures in the exibition- Tawfik al Hakim, Halim and the Amin twins- perfectly showcase Al Sagini’s complete mastery of the form as well as his versatility.
    It would be interesting one day to hear more on the sculptures he destroyed.

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  2. Liliane Karnouk says:

    mmmmm…. too superlative . I personally never liked his work, but than again , les gouts et les couleurs …ne se discutent pas. He is a wonderful craftsman and must be given his due.

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  3. Karim Loza says:

    Powerful intro, followed by deep understanding of this great artist & his work. Very moved, you definitely put your mind & soul into this one !!

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  4. May Abboud says:

    Ne connaissant l’artiste que par oui-dire, cette etude du Dr. Maie Yanni, profonde et tres elaboree renforce ma vision et ma comprehension de cet artiste egyptien majeur du XXeme siecle. L’oeuvre de Sagini la plus convaincante de mon point de vue de potiere, est celle intitulee ” la terre”. Quelle majeste,quelle force! Un lien extraordinaire entre l’Homme et la Terre!
    Merci Dr. Yanni
    May Abboud

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  5. Giada Caramelli says:

    Superb introduction, I would really appreciate admiring his works! “Hiroshima” produces an intense emotion together with a deep sense of desperation.
    In my opinion the world has never felt the need of “culture” like it does in this particular moment of our society . But above all, the young should be helped to get closer to culture in order to understand its importance – culture makes you free – and beauty.
    Thank you Maie for sharing all this with us!!!!.
    Giada

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  6. Hazim Al-Dalli says:

    I wonder how many people from our part of the world know about the works of Al-Sagini. As such your retrospective is much appreciated. I would have liked to see in your text some input from the new generation of Egyptian artists (e.g. Ahmad Qarali, or Tarek El-Koumi ) on Al-Sagini’s work.

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  7. michele joseph says:

    the sculptures are amazing, intense yet living with emotion, tension and complexity. The few works I see here are profound and challenging but seem to relate to the physical environment. I would love to see the whole exhibition.
    thank you
    Michele Joseph

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  8. I have not heard nor seen any of Gamal Al Sagini’s work except for the works shown above. From reading Maie Yanni’s critique I wish I had. She has described the works beatifully in language that is both lyrical and poetical. Maie has a deep intuitive understanding of art in all its forms and manifistations. Her ability to describe works of art in such clear and simple language ensures that art becomes understandable to all – even those who may not be particularaly interested – I have a huge interest and never fail to wonder at Maie’s ability to bring to life the works she critiques.

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  9. may grace says:

    first i have to complement you on your fabulous writing and photographing by itself it is a piece of art.as for the exhibition because of what you wrote and introduced to us i amm really looking forward to see it now..Thank you for your passonate effort.and good continuation

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  10. Merci pour cet impressionnant article fait de finesse et d’emotions !!
    L’artiste est expcetionnel et la critique …… de meme.
    La sculpture ( La terre ), nous fait partager l’inconscient collectif de tous les Egyptiens;
    dommage que l’on ne puisse pas admirer les oeuvres sur place .
    Merci pour le voyage intellectuel et emotif. Merci Dr. Yanni.
    Houda Abboud. Beyrouth .

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  11. Mark Bagge says:

    For someone like myself not familiar with Gamal Al Sagini’s work this is a wonderful article that really conveys the power of the artist’s work. The emotional impact on the viewer of the work is captured – leaving even a reader many thousands of miles away feeling a close connection to the works.

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  12. Shahira Fahmy Leemans says:

    Interesting Artist, and “article tres attirant”. Will definitely have to pay a visit to see Al Sagini’s art.
    Thank you for a helpful and informative study.

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  13. Janet Jones says:

    Thank you for introducing me to this extraordinary artist!

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  14. Janet Jones says:

    Thank you for introducing me to this extraordinary artist.

    Janet Jones

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  15. Ann Stritch says:

    Thanks to Mai’s eloquence I wish I could just pop over to Cairo and view this provocative and moving exhibition of Gamal Al Sagini,’s work but no such luxury. I reside in Ireland and suspect his work of disillusionment would currently identify with the views of many Irish citizens ! As for the article, if Mai paints as beautifully as she writes I expect a treat in store of her work !

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  16. mira shihadeh says:

    I am gobsmacked by your amazing writing and how you expressed it all! I have to see this exhibition soon, this is how much I loved your piece xxx

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  17. huda lutfi says:

    once again maie exhibits her passion for art in her beautifully written essay on el-sagini. thanks to her words i now know more about this forgotten but highly talented egyptian artist. will go and see it.

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  18. John Rula says:

    Wow that was an Intense ride, I was not ready for such a Powerful view of the act of creating Art, she blew me away …I guess I try to hide the Painful parts of my life from the world in my work and to hear of an Artist that did the opposite is very intense indeed…wild ride keep up the good work ..peace..Rula

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  19. nazli madkour says:

    thank you maie for your coverage of this important show. Its importance primarely lies in the fact that the public is seeing for the first time a great number of works of this artist who commanded an important position in sculpture until his death and his works were never really presented in such a researched and focused manner. Regardless of identifying with the artist style or ways of expression, this show certainly gives back to this artist some long awaited dues. I enjoyed the show, the catalogue and your over enthusiastic comments. I would not have gone to such extents in appraisal especially that I would be using todays values but then you are entitled to your own reactions and I thank you for it. We have become so “blase” that the use of too much fiery appreciation shocks us sometimes!

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  20. Samia Iskander says:

    Well, it was certainly an eye opening exhibition in the sense that it highlighted the contrast between a master’s work and the works of art currently displayed in many a square all over Egypt. Many of the sculptures in this exhibit should find their way to the general public, they are a testimony of our history and have to be treated as such.

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  21. Ramzi Karim says:

    Great article, very well written. Passages are very descriptive and emotive. This has left me in total amazement concerning El Sagini’s art work. Looking forward to reading much more article by Mrs. Yanni!

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  22. Mona Amin says:

    Al Sagini’s exhibition was a pleasure . My favorite of course was Ali Amin’s head statue!

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  23. Nayla Bishai says:

    Powerful article, one feels the writers emotion as well as explicit description of artists work. Though i do not particularly enjoy El Sagini’s art, i nevertheless admire his work, and the writers perspective.

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  24. Fatenn Mostafa says:

    very passionate and well written article. But i beg to disagree on Gamal Sagini’s position in the Egyptian modern art world. Sagini is a great craftsman. Thats where it stops. He sought to follow in the footstep of great sculptor Mahmoud Mokhtar, but he lacked the “emotional finesse” as well as the conceptual strengths. Sagini’s works are rather bulky renderings of a patriotic-driven craftsmanship. Thank you for writing regularly about Egyptian visual arts.

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  25. Laila M says:

    As usual Maie has introduced an artist that I was not aware of his work and made me eager to be there at the gallery to see for myself. Your article is very powerful and I wish you would write on evert artist in the world. It certainly would open our eyes and emotions to the way we perceive art. Thank you Maie for a very beautiful article that I would read over and over again.

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  26. Fida Hamra says:

    I owe special thanks to Dr. Maie Yanni for introducing me to this wonderful craftman El Sagini . Your article is very powerful and the passages are very well written , describe the work of El Sagini ‘s art deeply . Thank you Maie for this nice article .

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  27. Amira El-Tawil says:

    Another wonderful & informative article by Maie Yanni.

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  28. Geri Lee says:

    An overriding sense of the artist’s presence pervaded the experience yesterday at Zamalek Art Gallery. The power of each single piece is testimony to El Sagini’s profound talent. A veritable assault on the senses. Thank you Maie.

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  29. Ahmed Kamel Baragith says:

    I know Seghini’s work very well as we had the honour to study about his work at the Faculty of Fine Art, University of Helwan. Thanks to you and Zamalek Art Gallery for bringing his work up to the front again, so that it would not be lost as other Egyptian artists.

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  30. houdi says:

    Tu as une clarte dans tes pensees et une poesie dans ton ecriture etonnante. C’est interressant, educatif, determine mais, surtout, c est si joliment ecrit et tellement fort. C’ est passionne et c’est bien toi.
    Ca donne envie de courir voir… (ignorante comme je suis, je ne connais pas, mais la photo d’ Hiroshima est terriblement destabilisante…)
    Et ca donne envie de te lire encore et encore!! Merci!

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  31. sam berbatov says:

    Brilliant article Dr Yanni youv’e really awakened my senses ; I shall definitely call in to see the exhibit at the ZAG next week before leaving Cairo .

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  32. Zainab Othman says:

    Thank you for an enlightening and beautifully written article. I had been to Seghini’s exhibition and reading this heartfelt account of your experience has increased my admiration for the artist and has widened my view of him.
    Gamal El Seghini was a great artist and contributor to Egyptian art, and I am sure his art would have been known on a more global base if the political scene of the time had allowed it. I disagree with the previous opinions describing him as a pure craftsman or mere imitator. His versatility and breadth of language, and his command of the implications and the layered meanings of form clearly proves otherwise. The use of sharp and chiseled forms with broad shouldered ladies with aquiline features for the nationalist themes contrasts skillfully with the “motherhood” and bridal sculptures which have very soft and feminine outlines. Similarly, while the former ones bring to mind Russian Suprematist art, the latter reminded me a lot of the British artist Henry Moore.
    Thank you again for giving us the chance to revisit and add to our thoughts and for bringing to light such a great oeuvre which deserves to be housed permanently in the public realm for its representation of a significant era of Egyptian and therefore Arab history.

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  33. jeannette sika says:

    I am not familiar with the artist or his work but Maie wites with such persuasive eloquence and such infectious passion that makes me feel that I now know him a little and certainly would like to know him and his work better. thank you Maie

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  34. Velma Hermez says:

    With her eloquence and emotions, the critic made the works of the artist so strongly alive, that one cannot but wish to have been present to appreciate the beauty.

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  35. Amr El-Hitami says:

    Great article. This very emotional yet cleverly descriptive introduction got me really interested to find out more about this artist. How long will this exhibition run?

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  36. Myrna Kurdi says:

    Beautifully written Maie! You depict this great artist with such moving passion as if you lived through his sculpting moments. The powerful and expressive form of this art lifts the soul to a new dimension.

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  37. Doris Foerster says:

    Iich bedauere, dass ich nicht in Ägypten bin und mir den beschriebenen Künstler näher anschauen kann. Maie hat mich sehr neugierig gemacht. Ich liebe ihren Stil.

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  38. Alia Ramez says:

    I am not familiar with Al Sagini’s work but this beautifully written, descriptive article captured the essence of it and left me out of words.
    As always, this dynamic article by Dr. Maie Yanni blew me away.

    Alia Ramez

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  39. Samir Naguib says:

    Seeing so many of Sagini’s work under one roof was an experience to savour. I congratulate Magd Al Sagini for resurrecting these masterpieces after so many years. The exhibition was inspiring although I am not a fan of the nationalistic era, but his portrait works bring the characters to life and the works on motherhood are overwhelming. Thank you Maie for introducing Sagini with such eloquence to the online Art world.

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  40. Jennifer Upton says:

    I’ve rarely seen an article that reflects such an intensely private and spiritual experience. Thank you for introducing us to, clearly, an emotionally provocative craftsman – I will definitely be making a trip to the Zamalek Art Gallery soon.

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  41. Mairead Mc Govern says:

    This article was wonderful Maie-I nearly booked a flight to Cairo-from pure curiosity. It sounds like this exhibition must be seen .It sounds like it could change one’s perspective on many things in life.The first sculpture, ‘The tree of destiny’ reminds me very much of Irish history and the struggle Irish people endured to keep their land in an unjust society.I love the way this artist expresses his feeling about history and nature -possibly the 2 most important contributors to what makes us who we are. I would love to see more Where would I find it on the web??
    Well Done-I hope it helped you clear out those alleyways you talked about. We could all do with some of that!

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  42. Hoda Taher says:

    Thank you Maie for writing such a moving article and bringing attention to this important sculptor of modern Egyptian art. Seeing Al Sagini’s art on display gave me great pleasure. I was moved, inspired and left in admiration of his ability to portay emotions and convictions with just a tilt of a head or a turn of a fist, with sharp hard lines or soft rounded shapes. I hope we will see more of his works soon.

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  43. Jenny Wicks says:

    Another great article by Maie. Thank you.

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  44. Mohamed Farid says:

    Very interesting introduction,Thank you Dr. Maie Yanni .
    Congratulation to Magde el Sagini for sharing and bringing Gamal El Sagini’s
    work out again (A fabulous Sculpture and Hammered Copper ) .
    I enjoyed the exhibition and appreciate the beauty of each Master piece.
    Thank you to Zamalek Art Gallery for a Fantastic and Superb exhibition.

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  45. Salwa Masbahi says:

    Thank you to Dr. Maie for a Powerful Article.
    Thank you to Zamalek Art Gallery for all her efforts. Great organization for a very special exhibition.
    I had the chance to be one of Magde El Sagini’s student for many years and I had the opportunity to see and discover all the Art pieces done by all the artists in the El Sagini’s Family ( The grand father and the father and the son) Very rich Family tree and interesting work.
    I had a wonderful trip seeing all this master pieces in Gamal El Sagini’s exhibition. Amazing lines and forms and very strong way to express his feelings and emotions through his art pieces. I was impressed by the work on Motherhood pieces. Great job Magde ( Congratulation ).

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  46. Too much Egyptian art goes unnoticed or not fully appreciated. It is important to talk about it, about the artists, their life, their work and their contribution to our culture. We need to be kept better informed about the Egyptian art and artists, old and new… Thank you Maie

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  47. Ghada Abu Rahmeh - Grace says:

    I happen to be among the privileged ones that visited this remarkable sculpture show, yearning for this form of art becoming more and more endangered in Egypt. In spite of being familiar with Al Sagini’s work through images only, I was as “stirred, shaken and in awe” as Dr. Yanni with what I witnessed. Savoring the magnitude of these masterpieces in their full reality is simply an incomparable, invigorating experience. In her review, she so skillfully and passionately exposes all those emotions that I didn’t think words could describe. I must however include that I was personally captivated by other than the nationalist figures, for example the expressionist 3 dimensional superposing of his reclining women anatomy with subtle and/or bold architectural structural outlines. As some comments point out, yes, Al Sagini IS a craftsman, and a master at that, but I feel the depth and perspicacity of his work does lie in his ingenuity to engage and juxtapose form, composition and indeed the layering of meanings that penetrate emotionally and intellectually. Together with the richness of the contrasts, the power of symbolism and his remarkable versatile vision of the Woman, Al Sagini has to finally be more publically elevated on the pedestal he so deserves.

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  48. Mona Abdel-Hamid says:

    Because of your article Maie I rushed the last day of the exhibition to see it. Al Sagini is a great sculptor in his own right and not a mere “craftsman” as labelled by others. The proof is the outburst of controversial emotions he arises. I think an important aspect of this exhibition is to place the artist in his era. Egypt and the Egyptians witnessed unstable political times and turmoil which led many artists to express these emotions as well as to question our identity as Egyptians. Al Sagini was considered during his lifetime as a great sculptor and one can only have respect for his art as a reflection of the turbulent political era he lived and of the ideals he cherished.

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  49. janet flynn says:

    Fantastic Maie, thank you. We can always await your articles to keep us abrest of the latest in Egyptian art. Continued good luck. Janet

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  50. Rosy Badr-El-Din says:

    Thanks Maie.
    great articles are always welcome, especially if they deal with great unappriciated artists.

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  51. Ramy Kamel says:

    cant say more than you are Great…..BRAVOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO:-)))

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  52. Mutaz Elemam says:

    دكتوره مى مبسوط جدا للكتابه الواعيه والحديثه فى تناول النقد الفنى التشكيلى وسعيد اكتر بتناولك لفنان بقامه الاستاذ جمال السجينى … احس ان هنالك روابط قويه تربط بينك وبين الفنان جمال السجينى فى الشخصيه كالنظام والحداثه المحافظه والرساليه .
    الفن هو تمجيد للروح البشريه… كما قال هوفمان … وكما وضح جمال السجينى بأحتفائه بالعنصر البشرى فى كل بقاع العالم وبكل درجاته الطبقيه كان محورا مهما من اعمال الفنان الجاد وكان مصدر احتفائه المتكرر والمتجدد بحثا عن طريقه تليق بعظمه الكائن البشرى … فكانت حداثيه السجينى المبكره وبجرأه جعلت منه رائدا حداثيا فى الشرق الاوسط … دكتوره مى طريقتك فى وصف الاجواء المحيطه بالفنان كأساس لنقد عمله الفنى وإعطاء القارى صوره وصفيه تفصليه للجو المحيط بالفنان وجو صاله العرض الذى اراه اساسيا فى وجود العمل الفنى يجعل القارئ فى عمق العمليه الابداعيه ويحوله من قارئ متلقى الى مفكر ناقد قادر على استخلاص جماليات العمل الفنى ومتجاوب معه بالطرح الفكرى المتطور واحد اطراف الحوار الابداعى … اشكرك على ما تمنحيه لنا من معلومه وإمتاع

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  53. abdelnour says:

    great review by maie yanni……the exhibition itself was phenomenal, one of the last remaining reminders of an era of egyptian history long gone

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  54. Nada Breidinger says:

    Great article and great insight.
    Thank you for taking us on this journey and introducing us to such artists.
    Looking forward to your next article.

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  55. nevine e. says:

    This was an amazing exhibition. It was more like a museum with a works of outstanding symbolism that takes one on a historical and cultural evolution. Truly to be remembered! The Zamalek Art Gallery outdid themselves this time!

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  56. sally says:

    If you don’t get the right reaction, it’s not worth communicating. My reaction was to search for more information about this prolific Egyptian artist, even though personally I only really liked his motherhood sculptures which remind me of the work of one of my favorite sculptors, Henry Moore. Looking forward to the next article on great Egyptian artists.

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  57. geraldine says:

    Maie, your article was so beautifully written.Like many others I had not heard of this highly respected artist. He has obviously captured the very essence of
    Egyptian
    history. As for you my dear friend, your writing is a joy to read. Keep it up !

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  58. Pat Collins says:

    Well…….What do you say after reading that ? Not much, until you catch your breath.For someone who has not seen any of the work of this artist, [though now, the New York Public Library is an option ] the tempo most certainly does race, but is not just the tempo of the artists’ work, is it ?
    I would request that your next review would be of a plain, unadorned red brick in the middle of an empty room, placed there by an unknown person. I would love to see what you would do with it. My guess is, it would be the most spectacular red brick placed by the most interesting unknown person ever not seen.
    Keep it up ……

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  59. Bassel Shaboury says:

    Only few artists manage to give life and plant souls into bronze, copper and clay. Abstract ideas like peace, freedom , motherhood takes the most real and conveying of forms in El Sagini’s works.
    As an Egyptian , I can comfortably claim that if Egypt had a human form , it will definitely be how he embodies her in his works. Truely inspirational and utterly magnificent.

    The link below would better exaplain what i mean:
    http://www.zamalekartgallery.com/en_exhibition.php?artistID=161&exhibitionID=1050&availiable=

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  60. kate coleman says:

    Powerful and provocative. When can such art tour? such pieces belong in every public collection, if only for the non-gratuitous translation of unspeakable suffering, of struggle and of the security of ‘mother earth’. Thanks Maie, again..

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  61. Jiri Kobos says:

    Very interesting analysis and powerful, congratulations, fantastic article,
    thanks Maie,
    am living in Cairo, and am very much interested to explore the art world of Egypt,
    regards, Jiri

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  62. Paul Mansour says:

    Im an egyptian born canadaian and this article is simply and utterly unbelevibly amazing ! Well done Ms Maie ! This article satisfyed me lots

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