The Venice Biennale is one of the most prestigious art exhibitions in the world. It is so prestigious, in fact, that it is called as the “Olympics of the art world” among art circles. Saudi Arabia is taking part in it after an eight-year absence and it is back with a bang.
According to the Arab News, the Saudi pavilion is being fronted by Jeddah-based land artist Dr Zahrah Al-Ghamdi’s installation called “After Illusion.” The installation has been curated by another Saudi female artist Eiman Elgibreen.
Al-Ghamdi was selected to display at the Venice Biennale following her selection by the Misk Art Institute and the kingdom’s Ministry of Culture.
Saudi Arabia is not the only Arab country participating at the Biennale this year, they are joined by the UAE, Egypt, Iraq and Syria.
A few images of the visually stunning installation started making rounds on the internet.
الجناح السعودي “بعد توهّم” الذي افتتح اليوم في مهرجان البندقية للفنون، يعكس مستوى تطور الفن السعودي بمفاهيمه وأساليبه وأفكاره المتجددة. pic.twitter.com/0wOaWF3dl9
— وزارة الثقافة (@MOCSaudi) May 8, 2019
تم تصميم الجناح السعودي “بعد توهّم” المُشارك في بينالي البندقية، ليعكس تطور المجال الثقافي السعودي وما يحظى به من رعاية واهتمام. pic.twitter.com/XKGxJlAPyG
— وزارة الثقافة (@MOCSaudi) May 6, 2019
The exhibition will open to the public on the 11th of May, so if you find yourself in Venice you know where to be.
UAE minister of culture celebrates Saudi pavilion’s focus on women at Venice Biennale pic.twitter.com/DOd5ZfrqNH
— New York TIME (@NewYorkTIME5) May 8, 2019