Where in the world is Banksy?

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Some of British artist Banksy’s works on display at the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in Riyadh starting Feb. 20, 2020. (AN photo by Saleh AlGhannam)
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Some of British artist Banksy’s works on display at the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in Riyadh starting Feb. 20, 2020. (AN photo by Saleh AlGhannam)
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Some of British artist Banksy’s works on display at the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in Riyadh starting Feb. 20, 2020. (AN photo by Saleh AlGhannam)
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Some of British artist Banksy’s works on display at the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in Riyadh starting Feb. 20, 2020. (AN photo by Saleh AlGhannam)
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Some of British artist Banksy’s works on display at the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in Riyadh starting Feb. 20, 2020. (AN photo by Saleh AlGhannam)
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Some of British artist Banksy’s works on display at the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in Riyadh starting Feb. 20, 2020. (AN photo by Saleh AlGhannam)
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Some of British artist Banksy’s works on display at the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in Riyadh starting Feb. 20, 2020. (AN photo by Saleh AlGhannam)
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Some of British artist Banksy’s works on display at the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in Riyadh starting Feb. 20, 2020. (AN photo by Saleh AlGhannam)
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Some of British artist Banksy’s works on display at the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in Riyadh starting Feb. 20, 2020. (AN photo by Saleh AlGhannam)
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Some of British artist Banksy’s works on display at the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in Riyadh starting Feb. 20, 2020. (AN photo by Saleh AlGhannam)
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Some of British artist Banksy’s works on display at the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in Riyadh starting Feb. 20, 2020. (AN photo by Saleh AlGhannam)
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Some of British artist Banksy’s works on display at the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in Riyadh starting Feb. 20, 2020. (AN photo by Saleh AlGhannam)
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Some of British artist Banksy’s works on display at the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in Riyadh starting Feb. 20, 2020. (AN photo by Saleh AlGhannam)
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Some of British artist Banksy’s works on display at the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in Riyadh starting Feb. 20, 2020. (AN photo by Saleh AlGhannam)
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Some of British artist Banksy’s works on display at the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in Riyadh starting Feb. 20, 2020. (AN photo by Saleh AlGhannam)
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Updated 21 February 2020

Where in the world is Banksy?

  • Riyadh hosts 70 reproduced artworks by faceless British artist

RIYADH: British artist Banksy’s real identity may remain a mystery, but his work is among the most well known in the world, and 70 reproduced pieces are to go on display in Riyadh — the first time they will be shown in the Middle East.

The King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) will be home to Banksy’s reproduced art for two months, celebrating his creations from around the world.

“We celebrate his artwork in Riyadh, a first for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This is really a true celebration of who he is,” Mohammed Al-Muhaidib, chief investment officer of Nowaar Entertainment company, which organized the exhibition, told Arab News.

The bright light at KAFD, with signs leading up to the gallery, usher in a hushed excitement for the opening of the “Without Limits” exhibition. 

The show hosts visual interactions, such as a 10-minute documentary about the artist. Once finished, visitors are led to another room with an actor portraying himself as Banksy, reenacting the creation of the famed artist’s works.

A reproduction of his most notable work “Girl With Balloon” is among the pieces on display.

Banksy’s art has been a worldwide phenomenon, raising social and political issues all over the globe.

Although the exhibition is dedicated to Banksy, work by another artist, Huda Beydoun, is also on display.

Beydoun’s work was previously featured in 2015 at Banksy’s apocalyptic theme park pop-up exhibition titled “Dismaland,” in the seaside resort town of Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, England.

“I’ve been a huge fan of Banksy for ages and I’ve always admired him as an artist. Displaying my work alongside Banksy is definitely a highlight of my career as an artist. It is the second time after Dismaland,” Beydoun told Arab News.

Her favorite Banksy piece is “Love is in the Bin,” a piece that infamously shredded itself moments after being sold at auction for $1.36 million in 2018. “How it was destroyed after the auction was genius,” she said.

Banksy artworks will also be exhibited in other Saudi cities and the Middle East, said Al-Muhaidib.

The show will open at KAFD in Riyadh on Feb. 20, with entrance costing SR100 ($26.66)


Saudi Arabia to host massive defense exhibition to rival IDEX

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Saudi Arabia to host massive defense exhibition to rival IDEX

  • World’s largest arms importer seeks to develop its own manufacturing sector
  • Former Farnborough Airshow CEO Shaun Ormrod has been hired as chief executive of Saudi Arabia’s biennial World Defense Show

LONDON: Saudi Arabia plans to host a massive international defense show as the world’s largest arms importer seeks to develop its own manufacturing sector.
Currently the International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi, is the region’s largest industry gathering, with the next one due to be held next February.

Former Farnborough Airshow CEO Shaun Ormrod has been hired as chief executive of Saudi Arabia’s biennial World Defense Show which will be held for the first time in March 2022.
Gulf states including Saudi Arabia and the UAE are investing heavily in their domestic defense industries to reduce their reliance on imports and increase the number of prized manufacturing jobs. The Kingdom, currently the third biggest spender on defense globally, aims to localize half of its military spending by 2030.
“The World Defense Show is a key milestone for Saudi Arabia as it continues to develop a sustainable local defense industry,” said Ahmad Al-Ohali, the governor of the General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI).
The show’s venue, that will accommodate about 80,000 square meters of floor space, will feature demonstration facilities and the latest military kit used across land, sea and air.