The biennale’s aim is to develop the contemporary art platform in the Kingdom…

Earlier this year, Saudi Arabia announced a new art museum called Saudi Museum of Modern Art in a bid to strengthen the country’s culture scene.

And now, just a few months later, we have word that Saudi Arabia will hold its first Art Biennale and its set to take place in 2021.

On May 31, 2020, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al Saud, Minister of Culture made the announcement and established Thunaiyat Ad-Diriyah Foundation ­– the organisation who will be responsible for the organising the biennale annually in the Kingdom.

Titled Ad Diriyah Biennale, the biennale will focus on two themes with its first edition in 2021 focusing on contemporary art followed by a focus on the Islamic art in 2022.

The biennale will aim to develop the contemporary art platform in the Kingdom, making it a regional and international hub for the arts.

The art platform will allow Saudi artists from different creative sectors to come together while interacting and showcasing their work alongside fellow international artists.

Through this biennale, the international audience will gain access to Saudi art and culture, which is part of the ministry’s goals for the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 program.

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