Ramses Wissa Wassef Drawings on Displayed at Cairo Opera House
Starting on November 1, 2012, there shall be an exhibition of Ramses Wissa Wassef architectural archive at the main Art Gallery of the Cairo Opera House. On November 11th, a panel discussion will feature Ikram Nosshi and Ramses Nosshi talking about the man and the renovation of the Art Centre in 2009/2010. Ikram Nosshi is an architect and executive director of the Art Centre. Architect Ramses Nosshi is the grandson of Ramses Wissa Wassef.
The drawings have been on display at American University in Cairo Rear Book and Special Collection Library since February 2012 and online at its digital collection. Below is the cover text to the digital collection.
"The Ramses Wissa Wassef Architectural Drawings digital collection documents the career of one of Egypt's most prominent 20th century architects. The collection is part of an ongoing effort to digitize and describe more than 800 architectural plans and drawings related to over 60 villas, schools, churches, banks, and apartment buildings designed by Wissa Wassef between 1935 and 1972.
Ramses Wissa Wassef (1911-1974) was an architect, artisan, artist, and teacher whose ideas and work exercised a significant influence on 20th century Egyptian arts and architecture. Some of Ramses Wissa Wassef's more notable projects, located in and around Cairo, Egypt, include the Mahmoud Mokhtar Museum, the Habib Gorgi Museum, the Mar Girgis (St. George) Coptic Church in Heliopolis, and the Coptic Church of the Virgin Mary (Mar'ashli Street Church) in Zamalek. He also designed a number of private residences around Cairo.
The Creating a Center for Architectural Archives in Egypt: Preservation and Access for the Papers of Hassan Fathy and Ramses Wissa Wassef project was made possible with funding from Grants to Preserve and Create Access to Humanities Collections of the National Endowment for the Humanities."
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