RIYADH, January 31 (CIC) – Saudi Arabia will host a pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture for the first time this year, the newly-established MiSK Art Institute has announced.
According to the institute director, Ahmed Mater, judges have yet to decide which architectural project from 66 entries will be selected for showcasing at the event. The 16th International Architecture Exhibition, titled Freespace, will take place from May 26 to November 25 this year in the Italian city.
The MiSK Art Institute is a new cultural body with bases in Riyadh and Abha, in the Kingdom’s southwest, which was established last year by the MiSK Foundation, a non-profit organisation for youth and is led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Other several projects by the institute announced by Materinclude training 10 young Saudi artists in California and launching an Arab art festival at several New York locations in October, while working on plans for the institute’s headquarters building in Riyadh.
Cultural life makes up a big part of Vision 2030, the roadmap for Saudi Arabia’s future. In recent months, the Kingdom has broken from convention by hosting concerts, comic festivals and book fairs while also lifting a 35-year ban on cinemas.