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Thunaiyat Ad-Diriyah Foundation: A New International Saudi Artistic Stage

Thunaiyat Ad-Diriyah Foundation: A New International Saudi Artistic Stage

Monday, 1 June, 2020 - 08:00
Riyadh- Asharq Al-Awsat

Saudi arts reached a new international level, after the establishment of a new modern art institute named Thunaiyat Ad-Diriyah Foundation [The Shield Duets] was announced yesterday. The institute was tasked with organizing a biennale event that alternates between a modern art gallery and an Islamic art gallery.

The board of directors of the Institute will be chaired by the Minister of Culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, while Aya Habib al-Bakri will serve as the CEO.

The Institute will commence activities by organizing the first round of the biennale- to be held in 2021- and will be dedicated to the modern arts, while the second round in 2022 will be dedicated to Islamic arts.

By organizing the biennale, the Institute seeks to fulfill the vision and directions that the Ministry of Culture had set for modern arts platforms and developing them to a standard that turns the Kingdom into a regional and global center for arts and culture.

To diversify their exhibitions, the Institute will alternate biennales between modern arts and Islamic arts. This aims to create a wider space for Saudi artists from different creative schools through a prestigious art platform that would allow them to exhibit their works and interact with artists from all over the world. The biennale will serve as a creative platform that would allow an international audience to see Saudi art and cultural exhibits in all their depth and diversity.

It is worth noting that the biennale is one of the initiatives that the Ministry of Culture announced during a ceremony inaugurating its vision and directions as part of a set of initial initiatives to motivate Saudi artists and enable them in the visual arts. Establishing the Thunaiyat Ad-Diriyah Foundation came as an important step toward organizing a biennale per the international standards that would satisfy the ambitions of the Ministry of Culture and fulfill the Kingdom’s 2030 vision.

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