It includes the private belongings of 79 artists, including Youssef Wehbe
“Oh, those who created the arts and held its secrets in your hands… This world of arts is beautiful, and you are its flowers”… The “Song of Art” is revealed, composed by Mohamed Abdel-Wahhab, with a visit to the Museum of “Symbols and Pioneers of Egyptian Art” in the Zamalek neighborhood in Cairo, at the headquarters of the National Center for Theater and Music And folklore, which opened on Monday evening, after its development and upgrading.
The museum chronicles an important aspect of the history of Egyptian art, aiming to honor and celebrate the “flowers” of art and symbols of Egyptian creativity, and to introduce new generations to part of the life and history of those who enriched Egyptian and Arab artistic life with many distinguished works of art, immortalized in the hearts of Arab peoples from the surroundings. To the Gulf, where the museum includes a lot of personal belongings of a large number of stars of the beautiful time, and a number of current artists, in addition to a large number of rare manuscripts, pictures and records.
Artist Yasser Sadek, head of the National Center for Theatre, Music and Folklore, told Asharq Al-Awsat that “the museum has already existed since the establishment of the National Center for Theatre, Music and Folklore in the eighties of the last century, and during the past decades the former heads of the center worked to collect some collections to form a nucleus.” The Museum of Symbols and Pioneers of Egyptian Art, and when I assumed responsibility 4 years ago, I paid great attention to this matter and expanded to bring in more holdings, as we started implementing a project to collect them in cooperation with the Association of Artists’ Sons, whose members rushed to donate the holdings of their fathers and grandfathers artists, to increase the museum’s wealth Holdings of only 9 artists, to 79 artists, including Youssef Wehbe.
According to the head of the center; It is possible to see the development of the Museum of “Symbols and Pioneers of Egyptian Art” with the first steps in the museum garden, whose sides were decorated with pictures of a group of theater and folk art pioneers, and attached to each picture was the biography of each artist, in addition to statues of a number of artists; Such as Muhammad Abd al-Wahhab, Ali al-Kassar, Abd al-Fattah al-Qasri, Salah Jahin, and others. The garden was also prepared to be a place for holding seminars, evenings and artistic activities, and for presenting theatrical and artistic performances and documentaries, so that the place would be a meeting place for all playwrights and artists.
Holdings of “People’s Artist” Sayed Darwish (Middle East)
As for the inside, the visitor is in front of hundreds of holdings and thousands of pictures, some of which are over 120 years old, in a move aimed at preserving the history of the greatest flags and symbols of Egyptian art, as the visitor draws the attention of the oud instrument of the “People’s Artist” Sayed Darwish (1892-1923), who played Through him, the most wonderful melodies that made him the renewal of music, and the instigator of the musical renaissance in Egypt and the Arab world. His collection also includes his marriage contract to his lover and his charm, “Jalila”, who inspired him with many melodies, and his cane made of ebony.
There is a handwritten opera drawn by the handwriting of the Egyptian singer and musician Daoud Hosni, the first to put a complete opera melodies speaking in the Arabic tongue, along with a oud, a fez, his stick and his thoughts.
In addition to handwritten manuscripts and musical scores by Badih Khairy, Maroun al-Naqqash, Muhammad al-Tabei and Abu al-Saud al-Ibiari, in addition to the hats of the late writer Tawfiq al-Hakim, the cloak and shawl of the late Salah Jahin, and many original photos, musical scores and rare heritage lyrical texts.
Adjacent to this is a “maquette” for the ancient Egyptian Opera House, another for the National Theater, and a “maquette” for the Sayed Darwish Theater.
To the world of acting, the visitor to the museum embarks on a journey to the “beautiful time” with the possessions of Egyptian theater and cinema stars, most notably the costumes that they were famous for while presenting their artwork.
Amira Hajjaj, head of the media center at the National Center for Theatre, Music and Folklore, told Asharq Al-Awsat: “Many of the artists’ children gave gifts to the characters in which their fathers appeared in their most famous roles, in addition to rare photographs and some personal belongings.”
Hats of the late writer Tawfiq al-Hakim (Asharq Al-Awsat)
She points out that the most prominent of these holdings belong to the artist Youssef Wehbe, represented by the clothes of his roles in the plays “The Dumb”, “The Chair of Confession” and “Rasputin”. There are handwritten notes by the artist Zaki Tulaimat, an earphone, a leather wallet, a letter opener and scissors, and the belongings of the artist Zozo Nabil represented in A passport, a watch, an identity card, a marriage certificate, a CD with her voice signed in her handwriting on the cover, thoughts in her handwriting, and a watch.
The “Lady of the Arab Theater”, Samiha Ayoub, is present with a handbag, glasses, a pen and the clothes of her role in the plays “The Boy Mahran” and “Sikt Al-Salamah”. The museum also includes the possessions of the playwright Nabil Al-Alfi, which is a silver medallion for the State Prize and a special seal for him, and the belongings of the artist Adly Kaseb; Rob, mustache and flute, and the robes of the artist, Mohamed Reda.
The museum includes other holdings for: Tawfiq Al-Dakan, Abdel Moneim Ibrahim, Shukri Sarhan, Amina Rizk, Muhammad Al-Kahlawi, Ibrahim Saafan, Samira Abdel Aziz, Moshira Ismail, Amal Ramzi, Samir Al-Asfouri, Al-Sayed Radi, Mahmoud Al-Jundi, Ahmed Ratib, Sayed Zayan Ahmed Abdel Halim, Sanaa Shafea, Magdy Wahba, Mohamed Shawky, Talaat Zakaria, Salah Rashwan, Hassan El Deeb, Fahmy El Khouly, Mahmoud Masoud. Al-Muntasir Billah, Suhair Al-Baroni, Aqila Ratib, Omar Al-Hariri, Jamal Ismail, Salah Rashwan.