The first contemporary art exhibition in Saudi Arabia

Diriyah Biennale: 70 international artists participate in the “Following the Stones” dialogue

  • The Diriyah Biennial will provide a creative platform that raises awareness about the thriving cultural scene in the Kingdom.

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  • Aya Al Bakri: “The Biennale embodies a commitment to supporting local artistic talents and enabling them to exhibit their works.”


The Diriyah Biennial Foundation is preparing to launch the first edition of the Diriyah Biennial for Contemporary Art within 100 days. It is the first international exhibition that celebrates contemporary art forms in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In the Diriyah area, which embraces ancient heritage sites.

The Diriyah Biennial for Contemporary Art is gaining great momentum as it is the first international biennial exhibition that reveals the essence of contemporary art in its various forms in Saudi Arabia. The interconnection between the cultural and creative communities in the Kingdom and the international art world. Developed by an elite international team of curators led by Philip Tinari, Director General and CEO of UCCA Center for Contemporary Art in China, the Diriyah Biennial will feature six sections filled with artworks by nearly 70 international and local artists. Under the title "Tracking Stones", as part of a joint dialogue with a group of artists and visitors about contemporary arts.

For his part, Prince Badr bin Farhan Al Saud, Saudi Minister of Culture, founder and chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Diriyah Biennial Foundation, stressed that cultural and civilizational exchange with the countries of the world is a top priority in this period of unprecedented prosperity and growth of the creative community in Saudi Arabia. The Diriyah Biennial for Contemporary Art comes as a pioneering platform to build bridges of dialogue between Saudi youth creators, and connect them with the artistic world.

The Diriyah Biennial Foundation, which was established in 2020 by the Saudi Ministry of Culture, plays a vital role in supporting all forms and creative practices, as well as contributing to instilling the values ​​of culture and arts and emphasizing their role in the development and prosperity of societies.

The Foundation will organize two art biennials for the first time in the Kingdom: the Diriyah Biennial for Contemporary Art, scheduled for this year, and a Biennale specialized in Islamic arts, scheduled for 2022.

Commenting on the pivotal role played by the Diriyah Biennial Foundation as a link between the Saudi art scene and the international cultural community, Aya Al Bakri, CEO of the Diriyah Biennial Foundation, said that the event “represents the first contemporary art exhibitions of this kind, which will be organized and hosted for the first time.” once in the kingdom.

We cannot help but feel proud and proud to present a cultural platform of the size and value of the Diriyah Biennial during this phase, which is punctuated by qualitative achievements and stations of development and prosperity in the local artistic and cultural sector.”

She added that the Diriyah Biennale for Contemporary Art embodies a commitment towards supporting local artistic talents and enabling them to showcase their works, through a fruitful cultural dialogue with the participation of a group of distinguished artists from all over the world.

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