Saudi culture minister, Pope Francis welcome Saudi art in Argentina

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Fatima Al-Banawi is one of three Saudi artists exhibiting at the Bienalsur in Argentina. (AN photo)
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The artwork of Ayman Zedani. (Supplied)
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The exhibition was in the Fine Arts pavilion at the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina. (Supplied)
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The exhibition was in the Fine Arts pavilion at the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina. (Supplied)
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Faisal Samra, left, with the university’s President Miguel Schiavone, right, creating the grip of hope. (Supplied)
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The wall created by Faisal Samra, portraying different grips. (Supplied)
Updated 02 July 2019
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Saudi culture minister, Pope Francis welcome Saudi art in Argentina

  • The Saudi exhibition is hosted at the Pavilion of Fine Arts at the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina
  • Work by the Saudi artists Faisal Samra, Ayman Zedani and Fatima Al-Banawi is on show at the event

BEUNOS AIRES: Work by three Saudi artists exhibited at South America’s most prestigious art show is “helping build bridges of understanding between cultures,” Saudi Culture Minister Prince Bader bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud said on Monday.

Pope Francis has also welcomed Saudi participation in Bienalsur, taking place in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The pope was briefed on the event by its director, Aníbal Jozami.

“I explained that we will do the exhibition in Buenos Aires at the Catholic University with artists from Saudi Arabia. We were talking about the importance of dialogue between Islam and Christianity,” Jozami said.

Prince Bader said: “The pope is quite right, dialogue is so important and I am delighted that our talented Saudi artists can be part of creating that dialogue.”

 

Pavilion of Fine Arts

Work by the Saudi artists Faisal Samra, Ayman Zedani and Fatima Al-Banawi is on show at the event.

The Saudi exhibition is hosted at the Pavilion of Fine Arts at the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina, where Francis was Grand Chancellor before he became pope.

Jozami had sent the pope a catalogue for Bienalsur and received a reply inviting him to Rome to meet the Vatican’s Culture Minister, Cardinal Ravasi. In March Jozami  traveled to the Vatican for meetings with Cardinal Ravasi and an audience with the pope.

Bienalsur, the world’s first traveling contemporary art biennale, runs until November. It begins in South America and will travel through five continents, taking in more than 100 venues across 42 cities around the world, ending at Tokyo’s University of Arts. It will visit Saudi Arabia for the first time in October 2019.

The Argentine curator of the Saudi exhibits, Gabriela Golder, said their work “seeks to bring the audience together, from small daily stories that help build an intimate narrative, to recover a singular type of memory.”


Muslim World League chief honored for strengthening ties between Islamic world, Russia

Updated 24 July 2019
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Muslim World League chief honored for strengthening ties between Islamic world, Russia

 

MOSCOW: The Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences has awarded the secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL), Dr. Mohammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, an honorary doctorate in recognition of his efforts to strengthen the relationship between the Islamic world and Russia.

Prof. Vitaly Naumkin, the director of the institute, who represents one of the most well-known academic institutions in the world over the past 200 years, talked about Al-Issa’s career, noting that he has contributed to the promotion of cultural rapprochement among nations through his visits to countries and his connections with different cultures and religions.

Naumkin said that the principles of moderation adopted by the MWL and its secretary-general contributed to the establishment of security in the world, noting that these principles addressed extremism and violence.

The honorary doctorate was given to Al-Issa for his services in the development of Islamic jurisprudence and improving official and popular relations between Russia and the Islamic world, he said.

The MWL secretary-general said that he was proud to receive the honorary doctorate from an institute that is well-known for its dedication and neutrality.

He also praised the Russian Federation’s care for Arab and Islamic culture and its keenness to communicate with the Muslim world, learn its language and understand its culture.

Al-Issa considered the award to be motivation to work on promoting cultural communication and exchange between the Islamic world and Russia.

He said that the institute has contributed to changing the stereotype of Orientalism in the Muslim world and has encouraged cultural communication between nations and peoples.

The ceremony was attended by representatives of the Russian presidency, the Duma and the Senate, as well as high-ranking diplomats, senior academics of Orientalism, religious leaders and a group of researchers and students.