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28 mars : anniversaire de la mort de Mahmoud Mokhtar, le sculpteur de la Renaissance égyptienne

28 mars : anniversaire de la mort de Mahmoud Mokhtar, le sculpteur de la Renaissance égyptienne | Aladin-Fazel | Scoop.it

“Nahdat Misr” (“Le Réveil de l’Égypte” - 1919-1920), “La Porteuse d’eau” (1928), “Khamsîn” (1829) : ces chefs-d’oeuvre de sculpture sont mondialement connus.

Mahmoud Mokhtar (10 mai 1891 - 28 mars 1934), leur auteur, est l’un des plus célèbres artistes de la Renaissance égyptienne. Il est le premier à avoir su s’émanciper de l’académisme et de l’orientalisme pour inventer un art national inspiré de l’héritage pharaonique.

 

Elève des Beaux-Arts du Caire, il suit les cours de l’artiste français Guillaume Laplagne. Diplômé de l’École en 1911, il poursuit sa formation aux Beaux-Arts de Paris.

La petite histoire raconte qu’il se laisse aller à la vie de bohème parisienne, ce qui lui vaut un rapide rappel à l’ordre de la part de son mécène, le prince Yûsuf Kamâl :”Vous êtes Égyptien et vous devez nous revenir Égyptien. Nous attendons avec impatience les résultats de votre ardeur au travail pour prouver que les Égyptiens ne manquent pas de suite dans les idées et ne sont pas incapables de réussir dans le domaine de l’Art, qui est une des manifestations de la civilisation.”

 

Mokhtar vit encore à Paris lorsque la révolution égyptienne éclate en 1919. C'est alors que, guidé par son sentiment patriotique revigoré et s’inspirant des manifestations survenues dans son pays, il conçoit son œuvre la plus importante, devenue un véritable “point de repère culturel” : “Nahdat Misr”, “La Renaissance ou Réveil de l'Égypte".

La sculpture représente deux figures tournées vers le même horizon. À droite, un sphinx couché, les griffes ancrées dans le sol, qui symbolise l'histoire plurimillénaire de la nation égyptienne. À gauche, une paysanne debout, qui soulève son voile, référence implicite au dévoilement d'Isis, et symbole de l'avenir et de la modernisation du pays tourné vers les lumières de la science.

 

Après l'indépendance, une souscription est ouverte par les nationalistes égyptiens pour une réalisation monumentale de l'œuvre (7 m de haut et 8 m de large), en granit rose d'Assouan. En 1928, la sculpture est achevée, mise en place, puis inaugurée devant la gare de chemin de fer du Caire. Après la révolution de 1952 qui conduit à l'instauration de la République, elle est déplacée vers l'extrémité de l'avenue qui mène à l'Université du Caire.

 

De retour au Caire, Mokhtar fonde, en 1924, un groupe d’artistes et d’intellectuels  - Égyptiens et Européens - une sorte de petit “Montparnasse” recréé sur les rives du Nil : la Chimère. Leur but est la renaissance de l’art en Égypte, inspirée par des “sujets” égyptiens.

Mokhtar meurt prématurément, à l’âge de 43 ans … avant d'avoir pu être témoin de l’indépendance de son pays.

Il est souvent considéré comme le père de la sculpture égyptienne moderne.

Ses oeuvres sont regroupées, depuis 1962, dans un musée qui lui est consacré dans le jardin El-Hourriya d’El-Guezirah au Caire. Depuis 1984, 79 statues, 8 panneaux de sculpture et 3 maquettes y sont exposées.

 

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Afraid Of Aliens? The Science Doesn’t Back You Up – Starts With A Bang! – Medium

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Watch Werner Herzog’s Very First Film, Herakles, Made When He Was Only 19-Years-Old (1962)

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There Is a Difference Between Listening and Waiting for Your Turn to Speak - Simon Sinek | TheSeeds4Life.com

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No man can converse with an animus for five minutes without becoming the victim of his own anima.
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Carl Jung: That is the reason, too, that our time is so utterly godless and profane,

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for we lack knowledge of the unconscious psyche and pursue the cult of consciousness to the exclusion of all else.
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Beheaded by the Nazis at age 21, Sophie Scholl died fighting against white supremacy

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Thus Spoke Zarathustra: The Tree on the Mountainside, Part 2 - Soul Spelunker

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Where is the lightning to lick you with its tongue? Where is the madness, with which you should be cleansed?

Behold! I teach you the Superman: he is this lightning, he is this madness!
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Alchemy manuscript

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Glasgow University Library Special Collections The Rosarium Philosophorum, or Rosary of the Philosophers
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Margaret Hamilton, Lead Software Engineer of the Apollo Project, Stands Next to Her Code That Took Us to the Moon (1969)

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When I first read news of the now-infamous Google memo writer who claimed with a straight face that women are biologically unsuited to work in science and tech, I nearly choked on my cereal. A dozen examples instantly crowded to mind of women who have pioneered the very basis of our current technology while operating at an extreme disadvantage in a culture that explicitly believed they shouldn’t be there, this shouldn’t be happening, women shouldn’t be able to do a “man’s job!”

The memo, as Megan Molteni and Adam Rogers write at Wired, “is a species of discourse peculiar to politically polarized times: cherry-picking scientific evidence to support a pre-existing point of view.” Its specious evolutionary psychology pretends to objectivity even as it ignores reality.
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Carl Jung: Nobody can become king except the one who is supposed to be king, the one who contains the idea of the Self.

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If you follow the voice of the unconscious-if you go carefully enough-,-you come in the end necessarily to what you are meant to be.
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It is really the mistake of our age. We think it is enough to discover new things, but we don’t realize that knowing more demands a cor­responding development of morality.
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