Pioneering Saudi artists honored at Misk Art event

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Professional artists who took part in Misk Art 2018 said the event had been a major success, attracting all age groups from different segments of Saudi society. (AN photo by Bashear Saleh)
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Professional artists who took part in Misk Art 2018 said the event had been a major success, attracting all age groups from different segments of Saudi society. (AN photo by Bashear Saleh)
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Professional artists who took part in Misk Art 2018 said the event had been a major success, attracting all age groups from different segments of Saudi society. (AN photo by Bashear Saleh)
Updated 04 November 2018

Pioneering Saudi artists honored at Misk Art event

  • More than 250 artists featured in the event which focused on the Kingdom’s cultural orientation
  • Misk Art Institute is one of Misk’s initiatives that seeks to enrich the artistic culture and support creative experiences by organizing events that connect artists to international schools

RIYADH: More than 40 pioneering Saudi artists have been honored for their role in developing the Kingdom’s arts movement as part of Misk Art Week.

Tributes to the artists were made at a ceremony to mark the end of the art week. Among those present were Saudi Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, Emirati Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development Noura Al-Kaabi, Misk Foundation Secretary-General Bader bin Mohammed Al-Asaker and several ambassadors.

Misk Art Week was held at Durrat Arriyadh from Oct. 30 to Nov. 3 and was organized by the Misk Art Institute of the Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz Foundation (Misk).

More than 250 artists were featured in the five-day event, which focused on the Kingdom’s artistic development and cultural orientation, and included a range of creative schools in visual arts, sculpture and innovation.

The innovative Art Street and the Misk Global Forum higlighted the dialogue between the Kingdom’s artistic generations, encouraging artists to develop an authentic cultural identity in their works in the Kingdom and abroad.

Art Street featured the work of Riyadh artists in pop art, portraiture and murals, and drew visitors from around the Kingdom and other countries. 

Leading artists who took part in Misk Art 2018 included Nora Al-Qahtani, Ruhaifa Ba’asfar, Manal Bahanshal and Amal Felemban, whose work is shown at Manal Art Studio and Gallery Studio in Jeddah. The gallery also organizes exhibitions, workshops and art courses.

Al-Qahtani told Arab News: “I love to address a woman’s personality in my pieces. Usually, people say men are absent in my work, but they are not. Men appear through the stories of women and their feelings in my paintings. Men appear indirectly in the background images, the memories, and through the elements of my paintings.”

Saeed Aboud from Glm Rsas Group explained his group’s mission in Misk Art 2018: “We are working on a 10-meter mural; our exhibition contains four murals, each telling a certain story. 

“We like to combine old heritage drawings and color them with modern pop colors. For example, we painted the Masmak palace with a pop pink color. We are also planning to work on a 3D mural. Each mural takes from two to three days to complete.” 

Hayfaa Hisham Hasanain, a Saudi artist from Jeddah and now a resident in Dubai, said: “I am happy because this is my first participation with Misk Art in Riyadh. I came with an open heart to meet and interact with people and visitors of Riyadh. 

“I have always loved painting because I was encouraged by my family and friends. I started taking serious steps from painting as a hobby to becoming a professional painter. Now I have a daily routine that always involves painting.” 

Hasanain said that each of her paintings embodied an idea. “For example, I have a painting that represents circles that look different. Each circle represents our personal experiences and differences, but at the same time are similar and harmonious, and are integrated with each other and our relationship with the universe.” 

Art Street offered artists a space to present and sell their works and communicate directly with other professional artists. 

Professional artists who took part in Misk Art 2018 said the event had been a major success, attracting all age groups from different segments of Saudi society, and offering artists, collectors, exhibition and museum owners, students and arts academics a chance to meet. 

 

At the closing ceremony, Prince Badr praised 43 artists for their role as “pioneers in the artistic field and the establishment of the cultural movement in the Kingdom.”

Executive Director of the Misk Art Institute, Ahmed Mater, said that this year’s edition focused on the large number of gifted artists in the Kingdom, while celebrating the achievements of artistic trailblazers and attracting international artists and schools.

“This gives the concept of art an aesthetic value that enriches the noble human concepts,” he said.

Misk Art Institute is one of Misk’s initiatives that seeks to enrich the artistic culture and support creative experiences by organizing events that connect artists to international schools, helping them to improve as professionals and market their work.


Saudi Arabia to export electricity under ‘noble’ energy plan

Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Salman, 2nd left, Khaldoon Al-Mubarak, CEO of Mubadala, 2nd right, Total’s Patrick Pouyanne, and moderator Bassem Awadallah, left, at the Misk Global Forum in Riyadh. (AN photo/Ziyad Al-Arfaj)
Updated 13 November 2019

Saudi Arabia to export electricity under ‘noble’ energy plan

  • ‘We are moving ahead with our civil nuclear program’, says energy minister

RIYADH: Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Salman has reaffirmed the Kingdom’s commitment to diversifying its energy sources, telling the Misk Global Forum 2019 that an expanding renewable energy program will meet the country’s domestic requirements and even allow it to export electricity.
“We are moving ahead with our civil nuclear program,” the minister told the forum’s opening session.
He said the Kingdom’s renewable energy program “will get us into manufacturing and exporting electricity.”
Prince Abdul Aziz added: “We have a new program, a ‘noble’ program, to create a new way of using oil and gas that is different from the conventional ways.”
He told the forum that renewable energy will create jobs for thousands of Saudis and non-Saudis, saying that jobs for both are equally valuable.
“Non-Saudis are important. I was educated by non-Saudis. We should recognize that and not let our nationalism defeat us, and not be ungrateful to them,” he said.
The energy minister said that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is providing all Saudis with equal opportunities.
“We know that our women now are enabled, they have an education program,” he said. “We have equal pay for both men and women.”
Prince Abdul Aziz said that social reforms in the Kingdom have turned Riyadh into a “city of joy,” where families had access to a range of entertainment options.
He urged forum participants to learn from their mistakes and never from success. “I am an embodiment of mistakes,” said the prince.
“Even princes have dreams, because they have fathers and grandfathers who had big dreams and we could never let them down,” he said.
“Education, training and resilience are important to keep up and never be broken,” he said, adding: “If I hadn’t had that self-motivation, the notion that you don’t give up, I wouldn’t be here today.

HIGHLIGHTS

• Renewable energy will create jobs for thousands of Saudis and non-Saudis.

• ‘Noble’ program will create a new way of using oil and gas that is different from the conventional ways.

• Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ‘is providing all Saudis with equal opportunities.’

“I am humble enough, serious enough and Saudi enough to say that,” he said. A panelist at the forum, Patrick Pouyanne, chairman and CEO of Total, urged the younger generation not to be afraid of technology, saying that Artificial Intelligence will not take over their jobs.
“There is a beautiful challenge for making it compatible,” he said.
Fellow panelist Khaldoon Al-Mubarak, CEO of the UAE’s Mubadala Investment Co., told the audience that they represented the future.
“Our job as leaders today is to make sure that we provide you with the right opportunities, enabling the youth to succeed,” he said.
“Don’t fight technology, embrace it,” said Al-Mubarak.
In her welcome speech, Shaima Hamidaddin, Misk Global Forum’s executive manager, said that 7,000 participants had registered for the event, making it the largest ever, as well as the most diverse edition with more than 120 countries taking part.
“In every edition of the forum, we look at how to prepare for the future,” she said. “This year we are focusing on work. Everybody is touched by work in some way and that’s why we must rework our work.”