International architecture expo in Venice to include Saudi Arabia pavilion

Lorenzo Quinn’s ‘Support’ to celebrate Venice Biennale. The Saudi pavilion, titled “Spaces in Between,” has been organized under the leadership of the Misk Art Institute. (Shutterstock)
Updated 21 May 2018
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International architecture expo in Venice to include Saudi Arabia pavilion

  • This is the first time the Kingdom will be represented at the exhibition with a national pavilion
  • Italian architects have worked in Saudi Arabia and contributed to its development, says envoy Ferrari

RIYADH: Saudi curators and architects have teamed up under the banner of the Misk Art Institute and the Italian Embassy to place the Kingdom under the cultural spotlight in a major international architecture exhibition that will open in Venice on May 26.

This is the first time the Kingdom will be represented at the exhibition with a national pavilion.

In the run-up to La Biennale di Venezia exhibition, a presentation on the Saudi pavilion was hosted by Italian Ambassador Luca Ferrari and Dr. Ahmed Mater, director of the Misk Art Institute, at the ambassador’s residence in Riyadh.

The pavilion, titled “Spaces in Between,” has been organized under the leadership of the Misk Art Institute. 

It will showcase works by Saudi architects Abdulrahman and Turki Gazzaz, supervised by curators Dr. Sumaya Al-Solaiman and Jawaher Al-Sudairy.

“The presentation was organized to celebrate a landmark moment in the history of Saudi Arabia, and for cultural relations between Italy and the Kingdom,” said Ferrari. 

“The economic and social changes that we are witnessing in the Kingdom today are extraordinary. As we continue to develop the strategic partnership between our two countries, arts and culture have a special role,” he added.

“There is now a need to develop a more strategic framework to enhance our mutual cultural dialogue… There is no better time for the Kingdom to join La Biennale di Venezia.”

Italian architects have worked in Saudi Arabia and contributed to its development, said Ferrari. 

The exhibition will explore new possibilities to utilize minimal spaces to increase socialization and community building in the Kingdom’s rapidly expanding cities, he added.

Al-Sudairy said the exhibition will also “explore the social implications of architecture. Architects Abdulrahman and Turki Gazzaz are using this opportunity to examine the relationship between space and architecture, hoping to engage visitors in the potential of creating interaction through redesign.”

La Biennale di Venezia was founded in 1895 to promote and showcase the very best of contemporary art from around the world. 

Over the years, it has grown to encompass all forms of artistic expression, including cinema, music, theater, architecture and dance. 


Crown prince award ‘will build Saudi-Sino cultural bridges’

Updated 22 February 2019
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Crown prince award ‘will build Saudi-Sino cultural bridges’

ARAB NEWS BEIJING: Leading academics and literary talents from Saudi Arabia and China will be honored under an award scheme sponsored by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan announced the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Award for Cultural Cooperation between the Kingdom and China during a visit to King Abdul Aziz Public Library at Peking University in Beijing on Thursday.
The announcement was made on the eve of the Saudi crown prince’s visit to China, the latest stop on an Asian tour.
The cultural cooperation award will honor leading academics, translators and high-achievers from the Kingdom and China in the categories: Best scientific research in Arabic, best artistic work, best Chinese-Arabic book translation and vice versa, person of the year, and most influential person of the year in the cultural milieu.
Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan said: “This partnership is in the name of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and represents the common commitment to build cultural bridges between the two countries, developing cultural exchange, and promoting artistic and academic opportunities for our citizens.”
He said the yearly award will promote language, literature, and Arabic and creative arts in China, and encourage cultural exchange.
The Kingdom and China have a long history of cultural cooperation, including the annual Arabic Arts Festival.
The King Abdul Aziz Public Library at Peking University was inaugurated in 2017 during King Salman’s official visit to China, where he received an honorary doctorate degree.