‘Decades’ exhibition honors visionaries who created a haven for Saudi artists

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Art lovers are seen at the Mono Gallery in Riyadh during the launch of the "Decades" art exhibition. (AN photo by Iqbal Hossain)
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A visitor is seen at the Mono Gallery in Riyadh during the launch of the "Decades" art exhibition. (AN photo by Iqbal Hossain)
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A visitor is seen at the Mono Gallery in Riyadh during the launch of the "Decades" art exhibition. (AN photo by Iqbal Hossain)
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Art lovers are seen at the Mono Gallery in Riyadh during the launch of the "Decades" art exhibition. (AN photo by Iqbal Hossain)
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Art lovers are seen at the Mono Gallery in Riyadh during the launch of the "Decades" art exhibition.  (AN photo by Iqbal Hossain)
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A visitor is seen at the Mono Gallery in Riyadh during the launch of the "Decades" art exhibition. (AN photo by Iqbal Hossain)
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A visitor is seen at the Mono Gallery in Riyadh during the launch of the "Decades" art exhibition. (AN photo by Iqbal Hossain)
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Art lovers are seen at the Mono Gallery in Riyadh during the launch of the "Decades" art exhibition. (AN photo by Iqbal Hossain)
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Art lovers are seen at the Mono Gallery in Riyadh during the launch of the "Decades" art exhibition. (AN photo by Iqbal Hossain)
Updated 01 March 2018
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‘Decades’ exhibition honors visionaries who created a haven for Saudi artists

RIYADH: The lives and work of pioneering Saudi artists are being celebrated at a new exhibition highlighting five decades of contemporary art in the Kingdom.
The “Decades” exhibition at Mono Gallery includes 35 artworks dating back to the 1970s when first-generation Saudi artists first brought modern art to the Kingdom.
Among the 20 Saudi artists featured is Mohammed Al-Saleem, a trailblazer who quit his job as a school teacher to study art in Italy and later founded his own art group, Saudi Art Dar-House.
“The group provided a haven for all Saudi artists who felt lost and had nowhere to go,” Al-Saleem’s daughter, Najla, told Arab News.
“He supplied artists with colors from Italy and supplies from abroad, because they weren’t available in Saudi at that time. He even opened an international hall to exhibit artwork from around the world. It was the first gallery to exhibit artwork in the entire Gulf, in Riyadh.”
Momen Al-Muslimani, a businessman who organized the Decades exhibition, said: “I wanted to add a new element to my life that wasn’t business or gatherings.
“We opened this exhibition to send a message of culture and history. Every artist is a person who translates their feeling through artwork. God has gifted each and every person a gift of translating their feeling through various methods, some through poetry, writing, music, even charity work.
“The artist is gifted by God to interpret his work through color and to express his or her feelings from within.”
Talal Al-Zeid, curator of the gallery, said: “We called it ‘Decades’ because if you look at the artwork displayed, it is all from Saudi pioneer artists, first-generation artists from across the country.”
Artists featured include Mohammed Al-Saleem, Abdul Haleem Al-Ridawi, Abdul Jabbar Al-Yahya, Safeya Binzagr, Mounirah Mosly, Ali Al-Ruzaiza, Mohammed Resayes, Taha Al-Sabban, Baker Shaikoun, Ali Al-Saffar, Abdullah Hammas, Abdurahman Al-Soliman, Abdullah Al-Shelti, Mohammed Syam, Yousef Jaha, Naiel Mulla, Abdulaziz Al Najem, Khalid Al-Owais, Abdullah Al-Marzook and Fahd Al-Hujailan.
The Riyadh-based writer Yousef Al-Mohaimeed praised the exhibition. “Here is where Mono Gallery’s secret lies — starting from the past and walking confidently toward the future,” he said.

 


Hodeidah offensive: Coalition forces seize weapons supplied by Iran to Houthis

Updated 20 June 2018
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Hodeidah offensive: Coalition forces seize weapons supplied by Iran to Houthis

  • The arsenal included drones, a sniper rifle, roadside bombs disguised as rocks and even a “drone boat” which had been filled with explosives that failed to detonate.
  • Equipment used to produce and load fuel for rockets that target Saudi Arabia contained Iranian labels.

JEDDAH: Saudi-led coalition officials on Tuesday displayed weapons and explosives supplied by Iran to Houthi militias in the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah. 

The arsenal included drones, a sniper rifle, roadside bombs disguised as rocks and even a “drone boat” which had been filled with explosives that failed to detonate.

Equipment used to produce and load fuel for rockets that target Saudi Arabia contained Iranian labels. The weapons were captured on the battlefield in Hodeidah and displayed at a military base in the UAE. 

“Unsurprisingly, there are advanced military components in the Houthi militias’ hands,” said Talal Al-Teneiji, an official at the UAE Foreign Ministry.

“We took time to inspect and disassemble these to figure out the source ... and we can say that these elements are military-grade materials imported from Iran to the Houthi militias.”

As the week-long offensive in Hodeidah intensified on Tuesday, coalition forces consolidated their grip on the city’s airport and there was new fighting on the main coast road leading to the city center, with Apache helicopters providing air support to the coalition. 

“We can hear the sounds of artillery, mortars and sporadic machinegun fire. The Houthis have been using tanks,” one civilian on the coastal strip said. 

“Water has been cut off to many of the areas near the corniche area because the Houthis have dug trenches and closed water pipes.”

At the airport, which the coalition has controlled since Saturday, their forces stormed the main compound and took full command.

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said: “We are waiting for the Houthis to realize the sort of military and psychological blow that they got with the airport ... we are giving them time to decide if they want to save the city ... and pull out.”

Oubai Shahbandar, a strategic communications adviser, told Arab News that “without the sea and airport of Hodeidah, the Houthi militia has effectively lost the war.”

They should agree to UN-hosted peace talks and not prolong the fighting. “The tide in this conflict has clearly turned in favor of the Arab coalition and the welfare of the Yemeni people ought to be paramount,” he said.