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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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 reports 32 new COVID-19 deaths

Updated 03 August 2020

Saudi Arabia reports 32 new COVID-19 deaths

  • There have been a further 1,972 recoveries from COVID-19

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Monday announced 1,258 new coronavirus cases and 32 new deaths from the disease.
The new cases reported in the Kingdom increase the total number of people who have contracted the virus to 280,093. 

The recent fatalities raise the Kingdom’s virus-related death toll to 2,949. 

According to the Ministry of Health, 89 of the newly recorded cases were in Riyadh, while there were 75 reported in Al-Hufoof and 65 in Dammam.

There have been a further 1,972 recoveries from COVID-19, taking the total number of recoveries to 242,053.