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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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)


Number of coronavirus cases in Saudi Arabia could hit 200,000, says health minister

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Number of coronavirus cases in Saudi Arabia could hit 200,000, says health minister

  • Minister added it was vital the public cooperated with the government’s instructions and precautionary measures

RIYADH: The number of COVID-19 cases in Saudi Arabia could reach up to 200,000 within a few weeks, according to the Kingdom’s health minister.

Citing four Saudi and international studies on Tuesday, Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah said the case figure is likely to see a constant increase rather than a decrease, Saudi Press Agency reported.

"Within the next few weeks, studies predict the number of infections will range from a minimum of 10,000 to a maximum of 200,000," Al-Rabiah said.

The minister added it was vital the public cooperated with the government’s instructions and precautionary measures to limit the number of infections.

“There is no doubt that our commitment to the instructions and procedures, in its entirety reduces the number of cases to the minimum, while non-compliance will lead to a huge increase in the number of cases,” he said.

“We stand today at a decisive moment as a society in raising our sense of responsibility and contributing together with determination to stop the spread of this pandemic,”

Many people were not taking the dangers of the pandemic seriously enough, according to the health minister, adding that the Kingdom had death with the crisis with full “transparency and clarity.”

The Saudi health ministry also announced on Tuesday that there were a total of 2,795 confirmed cases and the death toll from the virus in the Kingdom had reached 41.

A 24-hour curfew and lockdown has been imposed in the cities of Riyadh, Tabuk, Dammam, Dhahran and Al-Hofuf and in the governorates of Jeddah, Taif, Qatif and Khobar in a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Last week, King Salman issued a decree which ordered treatment to be available for anyone in need of medical care, including people who have overstayed their visa in the Kingdom.