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The National Bank of Egypt held an excellent celebration at the main center to exhibit the bank’s holdings and announce the winners of its art competition to paint portraits of former council chairmen, in the presence of Khaled El-Anany, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, old. and current members of the National Bank of Egypt’s board of directors, and a number of its leaders, coinciding with the bank’s founding day, and 124 years later.
Hisham Okasha: The property includes important historical documents and records and rare banknotes
Hisham Okasha, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Bank of Egypt, said the display of the property at the bank’s head office has a special value because it contains important historical documents and records, rare banknotes, commemorative coins and prominent works of art of the pioneers of Egyptian plastic art, noting that the exhibition comes within the bank’s project to revive its ancient heritage. Which also included the announcement by the National Bank of Egypt in April last year to launch the bank’s artistic competition for portrait drawings of the former chairmen of its board of directors.
He pointed to the development of the exhibition of the bank’s possessions using the latest exhibition methods in accordance with the standards followed in international museums, which are specifically designed to suit the nature of the exhibitions while the highest standards of conservation are followed, such as interior design. of the museum highlights the illuminated exhibits to show their value, and the movement paths were made available by displaying and designing new inspired doors.One of the antique doors of one of the oldest branches of the bank located in Sheriff Street in central Cairo, taking into account all the elements of security, in addition to the introduction of various elements to control the level of lighting of the place to fully show the display of the collectibles, with the design of the rigid windows to reach the highest levels of safety for the exhibits of weather factors or an attempt to penetrate. The glass used is of a high-transparency type to allow excellent viewing of the visitor and is at the same time difficult to penetrate, and it also reduces the penetration of ultraviolet rays.
As for the lighting used in the exhibition, it is one of the best types used in the major international museums as it controls the degree of color, angle and direction of lighting.The bank will also present documents on an electronic platform that provides access to it, in the interest of the bank to spread knowledge awareness.
Okasha expressed his pride in the bank’s artistic competition for portrait drawing, which is the first of its kind in the banking sector to support culture and the arts, and which aims to celebrate previous generations and their achievements in enriching the ancient National Bank of Egypt’s march and their valuable contributions to serve the national economy. The winning paintings will be displayed in the Board of Directors’ meeting room at the Bank’s headquarters in the New Administrative Capital.
He stressed that this competition reflects the bank’s management’s interest in supporting art and spreading cultural awareness, believing in the role of art in the development of society, as well as the crucial role of large institutions in supporting art. and culture.15 prizes worth £ 35,000 for winning portraits, and three other prizes are the £ 35,000 creativity prize, the £ 25,000 jury prize and a £ 15,000 incentive prize in addition to appreciation prizes for contestants. the competition.Okasha thanked the members of the competition. jury For their efforts and time to select the best works and their interest in stimulating art and artists in Egypt.
Nihal Wehbe: The Exhibition is an Important Artistic Addition to Portrait Art in Egypt
Nihal Wehbe, artistic coordinator and founder of Square Art Space for artistic consultation and technical adviser to the National Bank of Egypt Heritage Heritage Project, said the exhibition is an important artistic addition to the portrait art in Egypt, as it includes the most important. portrait artists, contemporary artists and many promising talents.The competition also offered a new space for artistic creativity singular.
The competition was witnessed by great interest from artists on social media, where the number of participants exceeded more than 700 artists, where the technical committee met, which Professor dr. Abdel Ghaffar Shedid, professor of art history at the Faculty of Fine Arts at Helwan University and at the University of Munich, artist and critic Tharwat Al-Bahr and dr. Umniah Yahya, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Arts El-Gamila Helwan University at the National Bank of Egypt’s headquarters to select artists to qualify for the next phase. After the screening process, 34 artists representing different generations and various art schools were selected, and their names were announced at the celebration held by the bank at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization on June 22, 2021. for final arbitration.
Portrait Prize Winners
The winning artists were announced in the competition – during the exhibition that the Bank held specifically for it – and they are the artist Ahmed Eid, who won two prizes for the portraits of Ali Al Shamsi Pasha and Ahmed Dia Al Din, the artist Mahmoud Ashour for his portrait of Abdul Jalil Al Omari, and the artist Islam Al Rihani for his portraits. Ahmed Zaki Saad, Mohamed Abdel Moneim Rushdi, and artist Rania Fouad, with three prizes: two prizes for the portrait of Dr. Abdel Hakim Al-Rifai and Portrait of Dr. Tharwat Okasha and the Creativity Award for her composite work of a portrait of Tariq Amer, and the artist Islam Abdo with two awards for his portrait of Dr. Nour El-Din Tarraf and the portrait of Hussein Abdel Aziz, and the artist Ahmed Abdel Fattah with two awards for his portrait of Dr. Hamed Al-Sayeh and the portrait of Tariq Amer, and the artist Alaa Hegazy won four prizes for the portraits of Mohamed Mahmoud Abu Shadi, the portrait of Mohamed Nabil Ibrahim, the portrait of Mahmoud Abdelaziz and his portrait by Dr. Farouk Al-Aqda, the jury award to the artist Essam El-Din Taha for his portrait of Mohamed Nabil Ibrahim, and the encouragement award to the artist Sarah Mohamed Khair Mohamed Mahmoud Mahmoud Mahmoud for his portrait.