How a Ceramic Vase in the Art Salon Changed Artistic Discourse in Egypt

Radwan, Nadia Susanne (2018). How a Ceramic Vase in the Art Salon Changed Artistic Discourse in Egypt. In: Von Maltzahn, Nadia; Bellan, Monique (eds.) The Art Salon in the Arab Region: The Politics of Taste Making. Beiruter Texte und Studien: Vol. 132 (pp. 113-131). Beirut: Orient-Institut Beirut

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This chapter explores the contribution made by artists, intellectuals and patrons, in particular women, to subverting the space of the Egyptian art salon. The official Cairo Art Salon led to the formation of independent societies. Other counter-voices within the space of the salon arose in parallel to the debate around arts and crafts, which was linked to the growing interest in decorative and applied arts that was promoted by industrial exhibitions and the establishment of new schools. These subtle signs of resistance were significant because they embodied a major questioning of the hierarchical notion of “high” and “low” arts as defined by the politics of culture in Egypt and, accordingly, by the official Salon. The negotiation between these official and marginal spaces, and the transition from the institutional model of the French art salon to the creation of autonomous spaces, provided the conditions for the formation of Egyptian avant-garde movements that would develop at the end of the 1930s, such as the Egyptian surrealist group Art et Liberté.

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Art History
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Art History > Contemporary Art

UniBE Contributor:

Radwan, Nadia Susanne

Subjects:

700 Arts

ISSN:

0067-4931

ISBN:

978-3-95650-527-0

Series:

Beiruter Texte und Studien

Publisher:

Orient-Institut Beirut

Language:

English

Submitter:

Nadia Susanne Radwan

Date Deposited:

18 Jun 2019 12:55

Last Modified:

18 Jun 2019 12:55

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/128740

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