Art Institutions

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Art Dubai’s “Encounters” Showcases “Village Vibe” of Emirati Artists

Amid the hundreds of international artists on display at the Middle East’s largest commercial art fair, “Encounters” explored the local art scene and its decades of creative exchange.

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Saudis Transform the Kingdom Through Public Art

While beautifying the kingdom, public art projects in Saudi Arabia engage Saudis and at the same time foster cross-cultural dialogue.

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Layali Al-Qaisariyah: A Saudi Festival in an Agricultural Town

The Layali Al-Qaisariyah festival in Al-Hofuf, in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, is an illuminating example of how the kingdom's art and entertainment agenda manifests outside the major cities.

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Wusum Gallery Provides a Fresh Perspective on Doha’s Art Scene

Wusum Gallery, a grassroots creative space founded by an art historian duo, aims to improve Qatar-based artists’ access to global art markets.

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Setting the Stage: The Vital Role of Private Art Institutions in Saudi Arabia

Without the formation of private art institutions in Saudi Arabia, the kingdom’s cultural scene would not be where it is today.

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SARAI Gallery Connects Emerging Iranian Artists With the World

Mahshahr-based SARAI Gallery supports emerging artists from around Iran and Southwest Asia through various curatorial initiatives and attendance at art fairs spanning the globe.

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Climate Action, Water Scarcity, and Nostalgia: Bahrain at the Venice Architecture Biennale

As new studies emphasize the rising danger of heat exposure in Gulf states, young Bahraini curators Maryam Aljomairi and Latifa Alkhayat pose architectural solutions to air conditioning overuse and waste through the atmospheric exhibition “Sweating Assets.”

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Islamic Arts Biennale: Saudi Arabia Puts a Spotlight on Global Islamic Art

One year after the Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale launched in Riyadh, the Islamic Arts Biennale in Jeddah embraces myriad global traditions of Islamic religious practice and places the city at the center of narratives of pilgrimage, piety, migration, and movement.

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“Listen to the Artist”: U.S. and Saudi Artists Develop Cultural Ties

Saudi and U.S. cultural programs provide an opportunity to bridge cultural differences – and showcase artists and performers blending artistic influences from the two countries – while harnessing sources for creativity and innovation.

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Gulf governments are looking to privatize their energy-intensive utility sectors, aiming to make public utilities more environmentally and financially sustainable.

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