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The Diriyah Biennial for Contemporary Art brings the curtain down on its activities and programs

The Diriyah Biennial Foundation has closed the curtain on the first edition of the Diriyah Biennial for Contemporary Art, which started on December 11, 2021 in Jax neighborhood in Diriyah region.

This contemporary art event hosted more than 60 artists from within Saudi Arabia and around the world, and presented a wide range of works and masterpieces in a wide range of creative media, including commissions designed specifically for the biennial hosting site and signed by a selection of international artists.

The Diriyah Biennial for Contemporary Art, as an inspiring platform for global dialogue and knowledge and artistic exchange, has succeeded in providing an interactive artistic experience that has strengthened the convergences between the Saudi art scene and international creators amid celebrations worthy of the value of contemporary culture, confirming its role as a creative field that establishes the foundations of fruitful dialogue and welcomes all visitors from Within the Kingdom and all over the world.

The Biennale has hosted more than 100,000 visitors over a period of 3 months.

Rakan Al-Touq, General Supervisor of Cultural Affairs and International Relations at the Ministry of Culture, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Diriyah Biennial Foundation, said:: “Since its inception, the Diriyah Biennial Foundation has adopted a clear vision of providing the creative and artistic community with all factors of growth and prosperity, encouraging its members from creative cadres and empowering them on the long term, which supports our endeavors to shape the future of the local artistic movement and consolidate the Kingdom’s position on the global cultural map. . We have come a long way in this regard, and the first edition of the Diriyah Biennial for Contemporary Art was a wonderful addition to the art scene, after it celebrated the work of Saudi creators and artists, and provided us with a wonderful opportunity to continue the journey of cooperation with partners around the world, whom we are proud of and consider them friends and ambassadors Objectives of the Biennale ».

The Diriyah Biennial Foundation hosted a public program that included a wide range of events and activities suitable for all ages. Its components were inspired by forms of art and culture inside and outside the Kingdom, in a step that enhances the spirit of exploration and knowledge exchange, adopting best practices and enabling all forms of creative expression and various artistic voices.

Saudi and international artists participated in the series of dialogues and discussions held on the sidelines of the Diriyah Biennale, including Richard Long, Lulwa Al-Hamoud, Ahmed Mater and Han Meniwen. Also participating in the exhibition was the Jeddah-based Brick Lab Architecture Studio, whose installation art was based on the architecture of the Diriyah Biennial building, which they recently renovated.

Visitors also joined in workshops, tours and other educational sessions, attended by prominent leaders of international institutions, including Simon Castets (Swiss Institute of Contemporary Art, New York), Eric Chen (New Institute, Rotterdam), Chris Dercon (Grand Palais, Paris) and Maya Hoffman (Luma Foundation), Alexandra Munro (Guggenheim, New York), and Sheena Wagstaff (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York). These dialogues and discussion sessions are available on the Diriyah Biennial website.

As part of the program of events during the exhibition, the Diriyah Biennale for Contemporary Art presented a camp of artistic activities for children aged 7-14 years. This camp was designed by Fantasia, a pioneering educational platform in interactive and social-emotional learning created by the Elisa Sednaoui Foundation.

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