Basim Magdy, An Apology to a Love Story that Crashed into a Whale (detail), 2016. Courtesy of Gypsum Gallery, Cairo; hunt kastner, Prague; artSümer, Istanbul.

Basim Magdy: The Stars Were Aligned for a Century of New Beginnings

WHY? GLAD YOU ASKED.

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Because in the complicated times we live in, we need the emotional rollercoaster of an exhibition like Magdy’s —it is masterfully executed, has an educational purpose, and makes one think. Incorporating  different media, dark humor, and irony, as well as hope for the future, he makes comments on life as we know it, turning our understanding of this world upside down. “Never use logic. Abstract behavior is the way of this world.” < His words, not ours.

P.S. The galleries have been turned into an unapologetically, pretty-in-pink museum/selfie playground.[/quote]

 

Basim Magdy, An Apology to a Love Story that Crashed into a Whale (detail), 2016. Courtesy of Gypsum Gallery, Cairo; hunt kastner, Prague; artSümer, Istanbul.

Basim Magdy, An Apology to a Love Story that Crashed into a Whale (detail), 2016. Courtesy of Gypsum Gallery, Cairo; hunt kastner, Prague; artSümer, Istanbul.

Basim Magdy, An Apology to a Love Story that Crashed into a Whale (detail), 2016. Courtesy of Gypsum Gallery, Cairo; hunt kastner, Prague; artSümer, Istanbul.

Basim Magdy, An Apology to a Love Story that Crashed into a Whale (detail), 2016. Courtesy of Gypsum Gallery, Cairo; hunt kastner, Prague; artSümer, Istanbul.

Basim Magdy, An Apology to a Love Story that Crashed into a Whale (detail), 2016. Courtesy of Gypsum Gallery, Cairo; hunt kastner, Prague; artSümer, Istanbul.

Basim Magdy, An Apology to a Love Story that Crashed into a Whale (detail), 2016. Courtesy of Gypsum Gallery, Cairo; hunt kastner, Prague; artSümer, Istanbul.

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Installation view, Basim Magdy: The Stars Were Aligned for a Century of New Beginnings, MCA Chicago December 10, 2016 – March 19, 2017 Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

Installation view, Basim Magdy: The Stars Were Aligned for a Century of New Beginnings, MCA Chicago December 10, 2016 – March 19, 2017 Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

Installation view, Basim Magdy: The Stars Were Aligned for a Century of New Beginnings, MCA Chicago December 10, 2016 – March 19, 2017 Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

Installation view, Basim Magdy: The Stars Were Aligned for a Century of New Beginnings, MCA Chicago December 10, 2016 – March 19, 2017 Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

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