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“We have emails, Twitter, Facebook, and television, and they are excellent, but the social media have not succeeded in replacing human contact,” Mr. Gabr said.
Next spring, Mr. Gabr’s philanthropic foundation will launch an exchange pilot program that will select a number of artists, scholars, and entrepreneurs from the West and arrange for them to live in Egypt for six weeks, and applicants from similar backgrounds from Egypt to live in Western countries. Participants will then be expected to produce a work or works based on their experience in the medium of their choice.
Mr. Gabr studied the Orientalists before he could afford to buy them, and began acquiring them as soon as he could. “They not only depicted what they saw, but much of it exists today,” he said. “The places exist, the texture exists, the colors exist, and so do many of the social messages.”
His first acquisition was a painting by Deutsch, “Egyptian Priest Entering a Temple” (1892), which he bought in Paris for $3,940. “The way the priest is standing in the doorway,” he said. “You could still see that scene in Egypt today.”
Asked whether he thought the Muslim Brotherhood, now the dominant political force in Egypt, would share his view of the Orientalists or the view of the late Said, Mr. Gabr replied, “The jury is still out on what the future of art and culture will be in post-revolution Egypt. The government has more important things to worry about first.”
For the moment, he said, the government seemed more interested in today’s culture: It was behind a program to collect and preserve posters, graffiti and other artifacts from the recent revolution.
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