Nicolas Hüet, Étude de la girafe remise à Charles X par le vice-roi d'Égypte, 1827, aquarelle et gouache sur papier, 25.4 x 19.4 cm, The Morgan Library and Museum, New York.


Art et diplomatie. Manifestations publiques d’une histoire intime entre l’Égypte et l’Europe au tournant du 20ème siècle

Nadia Radwan, University of Bern

17.4.24, 12:15-13:45, University of Geneva


This lecture addresses the entrenched relationship between art and diplomacy in Egypt by examining the use of cultural heritage as soft power and as a means for exerting political influence on an international level. Since the gifts given to France by the khedivial rulers in the 19th century to the recent display of mummies parading across Cairo under the auspices of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, art and cultural heritage have a been instrumental in serving national and foreign policies. Focusing on diplomatic interactions between Egypt and Europe at the turn of the 20th century, this lecture examines the pivotal role played by artists and collectors who were also diplomats, in strengthening strategic alliances, as well as the various geopolitical discourses conveyed through artworks and displays in international exhibitions.


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