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Alexandria: A Cosmopolitan City

Since Alexandria was established in 331 B.C. by Alexander the Great and until the Roman invasion led by Octavius in 30 B.C., Alexandria was one of the world's greatest cities. Both culturally and socially it was the capital of the Hellenistic World. Alexandria was the center of attraction, where material wealth came from both Africa and Asia. It also attracted many sources of great thought and culture from around the Greek World. The city provided the energy and inspiration to convert this profound material richness into civilization and emanate it throughout the Mediterranean.

For one thousand years, Alexandria maintained its superiority and held its place at the apex of great thought and culture. It remained the gate through which material richness was transformed into the intangible spirituality that the East would inherit.

Now, on the surface nothing remains from ancient Alexandria, save from the obelisk known as Pompey's pillar where the great Serapeum Temple once stood tall. Almost everything else disappeared, buried beneath the sea water, under the desert sands or dissolved into the mud on the banks of the Nile and used as building material. Or perhaps it fell victim to the pillage of the many foreign colonists. Even today we do not know the exact location of ancient Mouseion and library of Alexandria. Most of the Ptolemaic literature has disappeared and, the little that is known today was found in translated Latin and Arabic texts.

However, for one thousand years Alexandria remained the greatest city of the world in many respects. It was the greatest seaport and therefore a center of world trade. It became a cosmopolitan society, to which no other society compared, and in its library and Mouseion it held treasures of knowledge and research, which became the most valuable source of inspiration for artists and writers whose works, in turn, became models stimulating the emulation of other intellectuals around the Mediterranean.

A symbol of civilization, Alexandria was a safe haven for iconoclasts and refugees from all around the world. Alexandria was a citadel of intellectual tolerance, religion and philosophy.

Perhaps one of the most unique aspects of the city was the activity and prosperity of the artists, scientists and scholars who came from all over the world to work together at the Mouseion and the library, supported by the state. To maintain, restore, collect, protect and add to what previous generations had contributed. This group was able to maintain the torch of knowledge. Without their efforts and even greater divide would have existed between the ancient and modern worlds.

Once again a library has risen in Alexandria, once again emanating rays of culture to enlighten the world like the ancient Lighthouse of Alexandria beckoning to everyone for another synergistic of culture, thought and art, not only in the Mediterranean region, but throughout the whole world.

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina proudly announces the 2nd Biennale for "The Artist's Book" 2006.

General Commissioner Dr. Gamal Lamie

Call for the artists:

Bibliotheca Alexandrina announces the Second International Biennale for the Artist's Book 2006. The exhibition will be held from 15 April to 25 May 2006.


You are cordially invited to participate in the Second International Biennale for the Artist's Book 2006.

The artist is kindly asked to donate one edition to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina's Book Arts collection.

Below is the application form to be filled by all participants. Please send us your application via email to: <artistbook@xxxxxxxxxx>

Please send your artwork to the following address:
Exhibition Unit
Bibliotheca Alexandrina
P.O. Box 138, Chatby
Alexandria 21526


Completed applications must be received no later than: 10 November 2005
Original artwork must be received no later than: 15 January 2006
For any questions, please contact Dr. Gamal Lamie at:   <artistbook@xxxxxxxxxx>

We look forward to your participation and our fruitful collaboration.

Dr. Gamal Lamie Dr. Mostafa El Razzaz Maestro Sherif Mohie El Din
General Commissioner President of the Biennale Director of Arts Center

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina Second International Biennale for the Artist's book 2006


Name Surname Nationality Date of Birth Address Country City Street / No. Cellular / Telephone No. E-mail Website

Name of Artwork Production Date Number of Pages. Book Size

Curriculum Vitae (10 lines)

Please send the application form and the digital photos of your artwork, and a digital photo of yourself/artist to: artistbook@xxxxxxxxxx
(All images are preferred to be in jpeg format and no more than 72 ppi)

Edelpappband / "Millimeter" Binding Bind-O-Rama, Entry Deadline - October 1, 2005
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