The Aswan Symposium, which was established in 1996 by the late international plastic artist Adam Henein, during the tenure of the artist Farouk Hosny as the Ministry of Culture.

The symposium aims to revive the art of granite sculpture, which has gradually disappeared and turned into an architectural craft, by inviting international artists to partner with local craftsmen to produce pieces of art in workshops held for two months before the launch of the symposium.

Attributing to the success of the symposium roundabouts, the project of the Open Museum of the Symposium was launched in the waterfall area in Aswan to include the sculptural works produced from its sessions; 33 acres were allocated to it in the waterfall area in Aswan.

It includes the open theater area, which is built on an area of 200 meters, and an exhibition hall for artworks, next to the administrative offices and infrastructure works, as it is an international museum that includes about 320 works of art by major sculptors from different countries of the world. The Middle East is also distinguished by its location on a high hill overlooking the Aswan Nile.

During a quarter of a century, during the lifetime of the Aswan International Sculpture Symposium, more than 150 of the world's most important sculptors from 44 countries participated in it.


“The years of the symposium gave me an artistic revival due to its presence in the midst of rocks, quarries and granite stone and artists working continuously. The gain is personal. I dealt with the granite stone in the middle of the symposium. In sculpting it was on small sizes since there are no large sizes of this stone anywhere else, and although I work a lot, I am little productive”

- Adam Henein, 2004