The capital of Saudi Arabia has been lit with art. Riyadh has been transformed into an outdoor art gallery as part of the 17-day light and art festival, Noor Riyadh. The festival features over sixty artists from twenty countries who have created dazzling lighting displays, sculptures, interactive performances, and outdoor installations. The “gallery without walls” boasts the theme of Under One Sky as a symbol of unity.
The city has been covered with 60 pieces that include large-scale installations, which enrich residents’ and guests’ daily lives. Khaled Al-Hazani, Director of Riyadh Art, spoke about the exhibition. Al-Hazani stated: “Noor Riyadh is a celebration of light and art on an unparalleled scale. Art is a universal language, and light is a symbol of hope and; in these challenging times, it is my hope that this festival shines like a beacon to the world and illuminates our path to a brighter future, reflecting our theme of Under One Sky.”
According to Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, the Minister of Culture, the displays aim to encourage more creativity and innovation. The exhibition includes Saudi artists such as Ahmed Mater, Lulwah Al-Homoud, Ayman Zidani, Rashed Al-Shashai, and Maha Mallouh.
At the same time, international artists such as Daniel Buren, Carsten Höller, Lucio Fontana, teamLab, Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, and Nancy Holt are part of the showcase as well. The festival also includes workshops, discussions, tours, presentations, volunteer programs, cinematic and musical events, and recreational and educational activities.
Noor Riyadh will run till June 12, 2021. Check out a few images from the exhibition and head over to Noor Riyadh’s official website for more information. In the meantime, keep it locked with The Culture Curators for more art and art news coming very soon.
Photos via Noor Riyadh Light & Art Festival