The three-month exhibition will take place at the iconic Maraya…

AlUla’s iconic arts festival is returning next year and, from what we know so far, it’s set to be even bigger than the last. The Andy Warhol exhibition will take place from February 17 to May 16, at the record-breaking Maraya arts centre.

In collaboration with the Andy Warhol Museum, the theme of the exhibition is Fame: Andy Warhol and will feature 70-pieces of the American pop artist’s collection including renowned paintings of famous icons such as Elizabeth Taylor, Muhammad Ali, and Dolly Parton.

In addition, there will be filmed portraits of 1960s counterculture figures, rarely seen archival photographs, and one of Warhol’s most mesmerising works to date: Silver Clouds, featuring a room full of floating silver balloons.

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Visitors will also be able to take part in various workshops and masterclasses in design and screen-printing.

Patrick Moore, the curator of the exhibition, stated: “Fame is intended to be an introduction to the aspect of Warhol that I believe is most fascinating to many young people, including Saudi youth, as Andy Warhol’s journey, which started as a child staring at the movie screen and collecting publicity stills, is becoming more common through the rise of social media.”

Despite having over 200,000 years of unexplored history to experience, the UNESCO World Heritage site, AlUla, is also transforming into a hub for art, culture, and entertainment. From carefully curated contemporary art at the award-winning Maraya to giant Desert X installations by local and international artists, art flourishes in AlUla. Which is no surprise, as the place itself is a work of art.

Before the art festival kicks off, AlUla will see the return of Winter at Tantora, from Wednesday, December 21 2022 to Saturday, January 21 2023.  The region’s longest running festival features the best of fine arts, music, fashion, and food. Last year’s festival saw high-end performances from the likes of Alicia Keys, Andrea Bocelli, and Abdulrahman Mohammed as well as Hegra Candlelight Classics. Stay tuned for more announcements on this year’s winter fest.

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