After having toured the world for years, observing, experiencing, and creating art, Adam Henein finally made it back to his home country; Egypt, settling down at a house that suited his minimalist nature, specially designed for him by the renowned Egyptian architect and fine artist, Ramsis Weesa Wasef, in Haraneya. It’s worth mentioning that Adam bought the land that the house was built on back in 1967 by selling one of his pieces to Al Ahram foundation and investing its price in this land.
It was at this home that Adam lived with his partner and the love of his life, Afaf El Deeb, who was not only his wife, but his biggest supporter and the number one critic of his work. Naturally, it was this very same home that Adam chose to be his eponymous museum; the home of his long living heritage for people to come and visit for years he’s gone.
A common occurrence in the international art scene but a first for Egypt, the Adam Henein Museum was initiated and funded by Adam himself. In so doing, Henein essentially gifted his life’s work to the people, instead of selling them.
Upon visiting the museum, you can see how easily the museum blends in with the rural nature of Al Haraneya village. We can even go further by saying that the theme of simple rural Egyptian life can easily be spotted in lots of Adam’s work.
Egyptian to the core, Adam didn’t shy away from showing this simple yet rich face of Egypt, represented in Delta and Upper Egypt, at times where art was only considered Egyptian if it was pharaonic.
The main museum building consists of 3 floors, spread across the space of 700 meters, displaying an array of Adam’s work, featuring sculptures, drawings, paintings, prints, and even textiles.
In addition to the main building, the museum’s garden is where Adam’s pieces blend in with nature. This open space is where the museum’s public audience get to sit down on the fresh grass and have a cup of coffee while having the chance to admire more of Adam’s artworks.
Since Adam himself oversaw and supervised the process of establishing and equipping the museum, you walk around the space knowing that the artist himself chose every tiny detail around the museum, as if he’s still taking us on a tour even when he’s long gone.