Wed, 07 Apr 2021 - 02:05 GMT
FILE - Mohammed Mahmoud Khalil Museum
CAIRO – 7 April 2021: Director of Mohamed Mahmoud Khalil Museum Tariq Mamoun said that the operating hours of the museum in Ramadan are from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
According to Mamoun, 150 visitors visited the museum in the two days after its inauguration, while adhering to the safety precautions imposed by the state to battle the global pandemic.
It is worth noting that the museum was inaugurated on April 4 after a 10-year closure. The total area of the museum is 8,450 square meters, the building area is 538.25 square meters, and the surrounding void area is 7,911.75 square meters. It consists of four floors.
The Mohamed Mahmoud Khalil Museum, located in Giza, contains one of Egypt's largest and finest personal collections of valuable artifacts.
The museum was built in 1915. It was originally a palace belonging to Mohamed Mahmoud Khalil and his wife, Emiline Lock, both patrons of fine art who had a taste for aesthetics.
Four stories tall, the building itself is an artistic wonder. Its eastern side was built to face the River Nile and features elements of the "Art Nouveau" style of architecture. The artwork is apparent in the metal and glass work of the entrance. The western side of the palace features heavy European influence.
Khalil was both an Egyptian politician and a sponsor of art in Egypt's cultural scene, having helped in the foundation of the Society of Fine Arts Lovers alongside Prince Youssef Kamal. Khalil was the society’s chairman from 1942 to 1952.
Before his death in 1953, Khalil left the house to his wife, who in turn bequeathed the house to the Egyptian government upon her death. The house was then converted into a museum and was officially inaugurated on July 23, 1962.
The first, second and ground floors of the palace were transformed into art galleries, and the northern side of the museum features a window painted by French artist Lucien Matte in 1907. It is just one example of the rich European art culture present within the museum's collections. World-renowned artists, such as Vincent Van Gogh and Claude Monet, also have their works featured in the museum.
It is not just European culture that the museum highlights, however. One of its most valuable collections is a collection of small and incredibly rare boxes from Japan, considered to be priceless heirlooms. There are also vases from Iran, Japan and China, along with dishes from Turkey and sculptures by European artists, such as Rodan.