Saudi Arabia’s masterpieces

30/01/2014 (GulfNews – UAE): Jeddah, the cultural capital of Saudi Arabia, is set to host a unique art event titled “‘21,39’ Jeddah Arts”, designed to celebrate the kingdom’s modern and contemporary art movements. The two-month-long event takes its title from the geographical coordinates of Jeddah, and will feature curated exhibitions, educational workshops, seminars, visits to artists’ studios and a special programme to revive the old town. A variety of cultural activities have been organised at various venues around the city from February 4 to February 8 to mark the launch of the inaugural edition of the event. These include the opening of several exhibitions, and a symposium featuring talks, panel discussions and conversations involving leading local, regional and international art experts, on February 6. The topics to be discussed include the structure of the contemporary art scene, the direction that Saudi art is taking, the role of Saudi artists as cultural ambassadors, and addressing preconceived notions promoted by international media about art in the region. “21,39” is a non-profit initiative, chaired by HRH Princess Jawaher Bint Majed Al Saud, and organised by the Saudi Art Council…



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