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AL-`ULA, Saudi Arabia, Jan. 26, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Royal Commission for AlUla has announced that landmark works by some of Saudi Arabia’s most influential contemporary artists will be exhibited in the extraordinary desert setting of AlUla, where the arts play a central role in the resurgence of one of the world’s most important heritage and cultural destinations.

For What Lies Within, pieces from the past two decades by 17 artists from the collection of Saudi patron and collector Basma AlSulaiman will be exhibited, curated by artist Lulwah AlHomoud. The exhibition is the first in a series at AlUla celebrating the pioneering collectors and patrons who sparked and led Saudi Arabia’s relationship with the arts, paving the way for a thriving creative industries sector today.

What Lies Within is set in Maraya, one of the architectural wonders of the world with 9,460 square meters of mirrors covering its exterior walls, reflecting the striking desert landscape of its surroundings.

AlSulaiman’s collection maintains a remarkable visual record of Saudi heritage and reflects a journey in public response to art. Covering works on paper, paintings, sculptures, photographs and installations, the varied exhibition conveys the connection of artists and collectors with local and global contemporary culture.

The participating artists are: Manal AlDowayan; Shadia Alem; Mohamed Al Ghamdi; Zahra Al Ghamdi; Lulwah Al Homoud; Musaed Al Hulis; Adel AlQuraishi; Rashed AlShashai; Noha Al-Sharif; Dana Awartani; Abdulnasser Gharem; Maha Malluh; Ahmed Mater; Filwa Nazer; Saddek Wasil; and Ayman Yossri Daydban.

In their own distinct styles, the artists explore the breadth of Saudi identity, spirituality and culture, and how these have evolved from the past to the present day. At the center of the space is a new site-specific iteration of Shadia Alem’s large-scale installation, The Black Arch, shown in Saudi Arabia for the first time since its debut at the Venice Biennale in 2011.

This temporary and free exhibition welcomes visitors seeking to discover the artistic energy and visionary inspiration present in today’s Arabia. It presents Saudi art on its own terms, showcasing the dynamic breadth of output by artists working in the Kingdom and its diaspora.

What Lies Within unfolds as a highlight of AlUla Arts, the inaugural arts festival and one of four separate festivals under the AlUla Moments winter events umbrella.

AlUla is a living landscape museum for heritage, nature and the arts, spanning 22,561 km in northwestern Saudi Arabia, 1,100 km from Riyadh. It is home to the world’s most significant remains of the early civilizations of the Arabian Peninsula, including Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hegra. Built by successive civilizations across millennia, the destination offers a journey through time, bringing this rich heritage to the world.

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Related Images

Image 1: Shadia Alem, The Black Arch, 2011. Photo by Andrea Avezzu, courtesy of the artist and the Basma AlSulaiman Collection. Image 2: Manal AlDowayan, I Am a Computer Scientist, 2005 Photo by MAD Studio, courtesy of the artist and Basma AlSulaiman Collection. Image 3: Maraya, AlUla, the largest mirrored building in the world. Courtesy of the Royal Commission for AlUla.

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Shadia Alem, The Black Ark, 2011.

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