Contemporary art meets Ancient Egypt: new sculptures at the Pyramids of Giza

Plus, the New Museum Triennial and Édouard Manet's portrait of Zacharie Astruc

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Artist Gisela Colón in front of her sculpture Eternity Now at the Pyramids of Giza Photo: Hesham Al Saifi; courtesy of Art d'Egypte

Artist Gisela Colón in front of her sculpture Eternity Now at the Pyramids of Giza Photo: Hesham Al Saifi; courtesy of Art d'Egypte

The Week in Art

From breaking news and insider insights to exhibitions and events around the world, the team at The Art Newspaper picks apart the art world’s big stories with the help of special guests. An award-winning podcast hosted by Ben Luke, The Week in Art is sponsored by Christie’s.

This week, Aimee Dawson, the deputy digital editor at The Art Newspaper, is in Cairo, Egypt, for Forever is Now, where works by Egyptian and international artists are shown along a trail around the Giza plateau, among the pyramids (until 7 November). She talks to its organiser, Nadine Abdel Ghaffar, as well as two of the artists involved, Gisela Colón and Lita Albuquerque.

Left: Lita Albuquerque with her work Sol Star (1996) and; right: the artist playing the character of Najma while filming at the Forever is Now exhibition Courtesy of the artist

The New Museum in New York’s latest triennial exhibition, this time called Soft Water Hard Stone, has just opened (until 23 January 2022), featuring 40 artists from across the world. Ben Luke talks to Margot Norton and Jamillah James, the two curators behind the show, about planning a major triennial during a pandemic.

An exhibition view of Samara Scott's show at CAPC–Museum of Contemporary Art of Bordeaux, France in 2020. The artist is part of the New Museum Triennial Courtesy of the artist and The Sunday Painter, London. Photo: Arthur Pequin

In this episode’s Work of the Week, Dorothee Hansen, a curator at the Kunsthalle Bremen in Germany, discusses Édouard Manet’s remarkable depiction of the poet, critic and artist Zacharie Astruc, who was a central figure in Manet's milieu yet has been rather forgotten. The painting is the centrepiece of Manet and Astruc: Friendship and Inspiration, a show at the Kunsthalle (until 27 February 2022).

Édouard Manet's Portrait of Zacharie Astruc (1866) Kunsthalle Bremen – Der Kunstverein in Bremen

The Week in Art podcast byThe Art Newspaper is available every Friday on our website and all the usual places where you find podcasts. This podcast is sponsored by Christie's.

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