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

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.”


Saudi Arabia, Russia sign agreements during Vladimir Putin visit to Riyadh

Updated 14 October 2019

Saudi Arabia, Russia sign agreements during Vladimir Putin visit to Riyadh

  • King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman welcome Russian leader at Al-Yamamah Palace
  • 20 deals of cooperation were signed between the two countries

DUBAI: Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Riyadh on Monday on his first visit since 2007, and was welcomed to Al-Yamamah Palace by Saudi King Salman as well as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar earlier personally welcomed the Russian leader as he disembarked from his aircraft at King Khalid International Airport.

An official welcoming ceremony was held in honor of Putin and various agreements were signed between the governments of Saudi Arabia and Russia including an oil cooperation pact.

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Some 20 agreements were signed between the two countries, in a ceremony overseen by the king, crown prince, Putin and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov.

Russian sovereign wealth fund RDIF and Saudi Arabia's SALIC signed an agreement to team up in searching for investment projects in the Russian agricultural sector, RDIF said in a statement on Monday.

A string of multi-million-dollar investment contracts were also signed in the aerospace, culture, health and advanced technology sectors.

Putin’s “long-awaited” visit will include discussions on “further cooperation to stabilize prices on the world carbohydrate market” as well as the situation in Syria, the Gulf and Yemen.

The Russian leader, in an interview with Arab broadcasters and aired on Sunday ahead of his arrival, described the “very good relations” with the Saudi leadership.

“We consider Saudi Arabia a friendly nation. I have very good relations with both the King and the Crown Prince,” Putin said, and noted the improved bilateral relations between both countries.

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Putin in the interview likewise condemned the Sept. 14 attacks on Aramco facilities, and said “such actions do not bring any positive results to anybody, including perpetrators,” as they do not have a strong effect on the market.

“We condemn any such actions, end of story. This is the official position … regardless of who stood behind the incident,” the Russian president commented.

A forum attended by Saudi Arabian and Russian business leaders and government officials earlier Monday resulted in the signing of several agreements between companies of both countries.

(Developing)