A retrospective exhibition of the works of sculptor Mahmoud Shukri (1947 – 2015) opened last Wednesday (7 February) at al-Gezira Arts Centre in Cairo, and runs till the end of February.
The exhibition brings together multi artistic aspects of Shukri, revealing how he devoted his art, effort, and knowledge distinguished him as one of the symbols of contemporary Egyptian sculpture.
Shukri’s sculptures adorn Egypt’s squares. Sharm al-Sheikh boasts his famous sculpture of war and peace. Other outstanding works are his Warrior, Motherhood and The Bird. He also designed and sculpted medals for many institutions.
Shukri’s works are based on dynamic, and focus on repetition of the human element without much detail. He was a master in formations with of materials, creating a dialogue between smooth and rough, which enabled him to employ the textures to realise the utmost degree of expression.
Shukri’s extensive output includes bronze and copper sculptures. His figures are sometimes alone, sometimes standing or walking in groups express a certain sentimental humanity.
Born in 1947 in the east Delta region of Sharqiya, Mahmoud Shukri got a Master’s degree in sculpture in 1975 and, in 1982, he received a Doctoral degree in Applied Sculpture.
Shukri was the Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts from 1992 to 1994. He was member of numerous artistic associations such as the Association of Designers of Applied Arts, the Cairo Atelier, and the Alexandria Atelier. His major contribution to the Art Movement is reflected in his participation in the public shows: art exhibitions, Biennales, Salons and Symposia in places that stretch from Finland to Beijing. His sculptures are constantly showcased in various cities in the world.
Shukri’s works are part of the Art Collection in the Ministry of Culture, Minya University, and the Tito Museum in Belgrade. His works have also been acquired by private collectors in Italy, Hungary, Austria, Bahrain and the UAE.
13 February 2018