Banksy art to materialise in Vienna with a little Saudi help

Banksy’s The Girl with the Pierced Eardrum, adorned with a protective face mask, at Albion Dock, Bristol, Britain, April 23, 2020. (Reuters)
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Updated 22 July 2020

Banksy art to materialise in Vienna with a little Saudi help

  • The Art of Banksy — Without Limits will be hosted at the prestigious Sofiensäle and will be held from the 23rd of July to the 4th of October
  • NOWAAR’s Mohammed Sulaiman Al-Muhaidib: The Vienna exhibition will be our first European event and marks the beginning of Saudi Arabia’s international cultural outreach

RIYADH: Austrian capital Vienna is set to steal the global cultural limelight as it hosts an exhibition showcasing work from British graffiti artist Banksy. The event, co-organized by Saudi entertainment company NOWAAR, will be a celebration of Banksy’s bold and boundary-pushing work.

“The Art of Banksy — Without Limits” will be hosted at the prestigious Sofiensäle and will be held from the 23rd of July to the 4th of October. The exhibition comes as a herald of hope to the public as people try to overcome the challenges belying the recovery phases of the Covid-19 pandemic. This bestows a global dimension upon the event as it pulls the international culture scene from its involuntary recent torpor.

The exhibition’s uniqueness lies in its diverse programme, allowing it to become a living celebration of the elusive artist’s achievements; A rare glimpse into the socially engaged graffiti artist’s studio will be followed by a 10 minute documentary film about his life and work. The audience will then be given access to 105 Banksy art pieces — originals, photos and prints, sculptures and some installations especially reproduced for the exhibition.

Mohammed Sulaiman Al-Muhaidib, NOWAAR’s chairman of the board, said: “Co-hosting the exhibition with EventS, a European company, comes as a natural continuation of the Kingdom’s evolving cultural landscape, with its growing development and unprecedented openness to international experiences. We have witnessed this with our Banksy Riyadh exhibition, which saw the event turn into a cultural festival that went on to garner considerable local and international acclaim.

“The Vienna exhibition will be our first European event and marks the beginning of Saudi Arabia’s international cultural outreach.”


Gerard Butler talks family and high-octane action films

Updated 30 September 2020

Gerard Butler talks family and high-octane action films

LOS ANGELES: Hollywood’s latest disaster movie offering, “Greenland,” sees humanity threatened by a comet on a collision course with Earth — Arab News sat down with stars Gerard Butler and Morena Baccarin to find out more about the high-octane film.

While many disaster movies focus on experts in big-picture attempts to stop the disaster, “Greenland” keeps the stakes personal by following the Garrity family as they journey to find shelter before it’s too late.

“This story is so relatable because this guy, he’s not a Secret Service agent. He’s not a superhero,” Butler said of his character, John Garrity. “He’s just a dad and he’s not even a perfect dad.”

“Greenland” follows the Garrity family as they journey to find shelter before it’s too late. Supplied

As meteorites decimate cities and people give in to panic, the estranged Garrity family grows closer, mirroring Butler’s real-life relationships with his parents, who despite having not seen him in months due to COVID-19 restrictions, are still just as doting as ever. 

“It’s very sweet that they still care and you’re still their little boy,” Butler said, adding that he mined his relationship with his parents for insight on how to play a caring father. “That definitely helped me in the role, to play that father who will do anything in these trying times to try and protect his family in the midst of this craziness.”

The film was directed by Ric Roman Waugh. Supplied

And while their characters were growing closer, the actors formed a tight knit group as well. Co-star Morena Baccarin told Arab News that she coached and comforted the actor playing the family’s young son — Roger Dale Flloyd — and that she and Butler became good friends on set.

“There are days where you’re just so tired and you’re not in the mood or you don’t want to put yourself through the ringer emotionally,” Baccarin — who plays estranged wife Allison Garrity — said, adding “we just could check in with each other and be there for each other and that was really nice.”

Directed by Ric Roman Waugh, the film has faced repeated delays in the US, but has already hit the big screens in some international markets — including Saudi Arabia and the UAE — where COVID-19 regulations have been amended.