Inaugural Diriyah Biennale art exhibition opens in Riyadh

The first Diriyah Art Biennale exhibition has been launched in Jax district of Diriyah, outside Riyadh.

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The Biennale invites local and international artists to exhibit their work from Saturday until March 11, 2022.

“The biennial aims at two sides,” exhibition curator Philip Tinari said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency. The first involves presenting Saudi contemporary art in a rich dialogue, presenting its perceptions and visions of the global scene, and the other part, by exciting Saudi audiences to get acquainted closely with the world of contemporary art.

He continued, “We look forward to welcoming hundreds of thousands of visitors to discover the Biennale for themselves, and hope that this will lead to a deeper interaction with international contemporary art in the Kingdom.”

The ceremony began with a speech by Rakan Al-Touq, who said that the biennale was designed to be in line with the context of the qualitative transformations witnessed by the Saudi cultural scene in light of the reforms of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

The theme of the first edition of the Biennale is “Crossing the River by Tracing Stones,” and it includes six sections: “Crossing the River,” “Experimental Conservation,” “Oceanic Thinking,” “Overall Appearance,” “A Whole New World” and “In Concerning the Soul.” “.

A number of prominent artistic and cultural figures will participate in the sessions, including: Wael Al-Awar, Chief Engineer at Yway Studio. Art historians d. Maha al-Sanan, d. Nada Shabout, Abdul Rahman Al-Sulaiman, Her Royal Highness Princess Adwa bint Yazid, Hamza Serafi, Qosura Hafez.

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