Saudi based intercultural center launches coexistence forum in Cordoba

Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Muaammar, secretary-general of the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID), speaks at the forum in Cordoba. (SPA)
Updated 19 May 2019
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Saudi based intercultural center launches coexistence forum in Cordoba

  • UNESCO describes Cordoba as a “historical ensemble of extraordinary value” because of its “living expression of different cultures” that have existed in the city over time

RIYADH: The King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) launched a coexistence forum in the Spanish city of Cordoba, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday.
The launch brought together 21 global organizations and also marked the International Day of Living Together in Peace, an event from the UN to promote peace, tolerance, inclusion, understanding and solidarity.  
The forum was organized by Paradigma Cordoba Foundation, the Nicolas Puech Foundation, the Salam for Cultural Communication Center and local authorities.
The secretary-general of KAICIID, Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Muaammar, praised Cordoba for embodying all forms of “fruitful coexistence” and cohesion.
“Cordoba witnessed a rare period of coexistence and tolerance during the Islamic reign, where people of different religions and cultures lived together in prosperity,” said Bin Muaammar.
“So is there a better place than Cordoba to celebrate the UN’s International Day of Living Together in Peace? We should benefit from Cordoba’s experiences and harness them to establish optimistic perspectives for a better future,” he added. 
UNESCO describes Cordoba as a “historical ensemble of extraordinary value” because of its “living expression of different cultures” that have existed in the city over time.


Innovative Saudi cultural center showcases world-famous ‘The Scream’ artist’s exhibition

Updated 26 June 2019
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Innovative Saudi cultural center showcases world-famous ‘The Scream’ artist’s exhibition

  • 40 works by Edvard Munch go on display for first time in Middle East

DHAHRAN: A dynamic Saudi cultural center is to showcase the works of one of the world’s most famous painters in an exhibition-first for the Middle East.

Forty pieces by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, best known for his iconic “The Scream” painting, will go on public display at the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra).

The special exhibition, titled “Landscapes of the Soul,” is the latest in a series of high-profile cultural events to be staged at the showpiece exhibition in Dhahran.

Developed by Saudi Aramco with the aim of stimulating knowledge, creativity and cross-cultural engagement, Ithra’s theater, museum, exhibition hall and art gallery complex forms a key part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan to promote culture and entertainment.

The Munch exhibition, which runs until Sept. 3, portrays the artist’s personal life experiences of misery, love, despair, loneliness and reflections of the soul, through his distinctive works.

“It is such an honor to host and introduce to Saudi Arabia, and indeed, the Middle East, the work of the world-renowned artist Edvard Munch,” Rania Biltagi, Ithra’s head of communications and partnership, told Arab News.

Munch’s (1863-1944) original exhibition has been located in Oslo, Norway since 1963, and the Saudi display is being staged in Ithra’s Great Hall in partnership with the Munch Museum in Norway.

As well as a lithograph version of his most famous painting “The Scream,” other works on show will include “Summer Night. The Voice,” 1894, “Self-Portrait,” 1895, and “The Sick Child,” 1896.

“A moment that stood out from the opening was when speaking to a couple visiting the exhibit, they mentioned that they were Norwegian and working in Saudi,” Biltagi said. “They explained that they had never had the chance to visit the Munch Museum in their homeland and what an unexpected pleasure it was to be able to see Munch’s work in Saudi.”

Biltagi added that the event epitomized the aim of Ithra in providing a platform to bring together cultures as well as people.

The center, featured in Time magazine’s list of the world’s top 100 places to visit, is a pioneer on the Kingdom’s culture and arts scene, organizing a variety of events, performances, programs and experiences to suit all ages and backgrounds. Previous exhibitions have included a focus on Saudi contemporary art, Leonardo da Vinci, and installations symbolizing creativity and innovation.