Saudi art exhibition kicks off in Los Angeles

An old man puts his hand on a carpet. Silver rings and henna were part of the Saudi traditions – Nasir Al-Nasir. (Supplied)
Updated 03 April 2018
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Saudi art exhibition kicks off in Los Angeles

Saudi Art Days, an exhibition at Linwood Dunn Theater in Los Angeles that starts on April 2, aims to provide an insight into the Kingdom’s rapidly changing society, and to strengthen US-Saudi cultural relations.
The three-day event, which coincides with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to the US, is an initiative of the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra).
The center aims to support creative young Saudi artists, and to enable them to publicize and distribute their work locally and internationally.
On the exhibition’s agenda, there are three main programs. The Saudi film industry evening will screen 13 Saudi films and hold discussions between Saudi filmmakers and notable directors, writers and critics.
The second event is a photography exhibition under the theme: “The Kingdom of Colors.” It will promote photographs taken via conventional photography and phone cameras by 16 Saudi artists to illustrate the many layers, flavors and fabrics of the Kingdom.
The Video Art pavilion will be held following the photography exhibition, presenting the artwork and ideas of five Saudi artists.


Saudi artist wins place at coveted Silk Road show

Updated 20 July 2018
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Saudi artist wins place at coveted Silk Road show

  • The annual festival highlights China's “One Belt, One Road” initiative
  • Artworks are selected by a committee that evaluates the works

RIYADH: Artworks by Saudi sculptor and painter Kamal Al-Mualem will be displayed at the Silk Road International Arts Festival and Exhibition at the Shaanxi Provincial Museum of Fine Arts in Xi’an, China, in September.
Hosted annually by China’s Ministry of Culture, the festival highlights President Xi Jinping’s strategic concept of “One Belt, One Road” in the field of humanities, and encourages cultural exchange between China and other countries.
Speaking to Arab News, Al-Mualem said: “It is a matter of great pride that a Saudi artist will show works to an art-loving Chinese audience and foreign visitors.”
“It is a matter of great pride that a Saudi artist will show works to an art-loving Chinese audience and foreign visitors,” he said.
Artworks are selected by a committee that evaluates the works and puts the results on an official website. The committee then sends a letter of confirmation to selected artists that their works have been accepted for participation.
Al-Mualem said that the international exhibition is a platform for contemporary cultural exchange and highlights the role of Chinese culture in the art of Silk Road.
The artist represented the Kingdom at the same exhibition last year.
“I seek blessings from the Almighty Allah to help me in representing the dear homeland in the best way possible that reflects well for Saudi arts and culture,” said Al-Mualem, an Eastern Province artist who studied fine art at the Florence Fine Arts Academy in Italy.
Al-Mualem’s work has been shown in international exhibitions, including the Changcheng and Chuanqing International Sculpture Exhibition in China.
Last year 300 artists from 106 countries participated in the Silk Road International Art Exhibition, gaining recognition and support from around the world.