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Source of Light: Ithra’s Latest Art Addition

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King Abdulaziz center for World Culture aka Ithra, is widely known for its impressive new structures, and it is located in the Eastern province of Saudi Arabia. 

The center was developed by Saudi Aramco and inaugurated by King Salman bin Abdulaziz on 1 December 2017, the center included a cinema, a library, a museum and a number of exhibition halls.

Just recently, the center has unveiled its latest addition, which is a monumental new artwork designed especially for the Center by Italian artist Giuseppe Penone.

The artist said, “Source of Light’ emphasizes and represents the energy extracted from the earth that helps life and growth, it symbolizes the Source, where oil needed for the growth and development of the world’s economy was discovered. It celebrates with its own form and materials, including the gold that covers the central tree’s inner surface, the elevation of life.”

The monument is titled source of light and was inaugurated on the third of May, it is a 90-foot tall work consisting of three towering bronze trees rise up more than 92 feet in height and are supported by branches of a fourth, larger and centrally placed tree.

It is Ithra’s largest permanent art commission so far, and it celebrates the aim for creative change in the landmarks of Saudi Arabia. 

“In our quest to foster cross-cultural exchange, this work offers visitors a unique and tangible example of global artistic expression. With the Source, Penone has synthesized memory and nature in dialogue with architecture to inspire our consideration of what has yet to be discovered,” said Ali Al-Mutairi, director of King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture. 

 

 

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Exhibtion Dedicated to King Faisal to Open In London

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An exhibition devoted to King Faisal bin Abul Aziz entitled “A life at the Heart of the Twentieth Century” will open this month in London, commemorating with it the 100th anniversary of his historic five-month visit to Britain, Ireland and France.

At the time, King Faisal was only a child and his visit marked the very first Saudi royal visit to England.

The exhibition will be held on December 20th in the Nash Room for three weeks, and it is organized by the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies. 

King Faisal Foundation and the Kingdom’s embassy in the UK are both the official sponsors of the exhibition, while the Family Office Co. and Al-Saad Group for Investment and Development are the strategic ones, and finally Sadco Holding Co. comes as a gold sponsor.

“This exhibition is one of many to be held in Europe to introduce the world to King Faisal, his personality, history and biography as one of the most prominent world leaders,” said Prince Turki Al-Faisal, the chairman of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies.

“The event, titled ‘A life at the Heart of the Twentieth Century,’ will run for three weeks. It will include some of his personal possessions, along with manuscripts, telegrams, letters, paintings, maps, photographs, articles and press coverage that documented this historic visit.” He added.

The exhibition will be divided into seven sections, “Najed” will showcase the king’s early life, while “India” will tell the story of the visit that constituted his first contact with the outside world.

“London” to document his visit, while “England, Wales and Ireland,” traces his subsequent tour of Britain and Ireland.

 

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Saudi Exhibition in Rome Gets Praised For Showcasing the Kingdom’s Heritage

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The “Roads of Arabia: Masterpieces of Antiquities in Saudi Arabia Across the Ages” exhibition which is currently held in Rome and organized by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, has witnessed great praise from visitors of the museum and the director of the National Roman Museum, Alessandra Capodiferro.

The director of the museum expressed pride in her museum hosting such an important international Saudi exhibition that offers an insight on the the civil heritage of the Kingdom and the Arabian Peninsula for more than five million visitors.

The exhibition was inaugurated last November on the 26th by Saudi Culture Minister Prince Badr bin Abdullah, and so far it has been hosted by several other prominent international museums.

Capodiferro also expressed pride in the international reputation achieved by the exhibition, which features several artifacts of great significance, including hunting gear, weapons, jewelry, utensils made from precious metals, glass, alabaster, ceramics, sculptures and wall paintings — all of which are an expression of local production, trade exchange and cultural contact.

The exhibition highlights the civilizations of the Arabian Peninsula in addition to giving examples of the cultural interaction between the Roman and Arab civilizations.

The exhibition will run for three months in Rome, which is the exhibition’s 17th station.

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The Region’s Largest Music Festival MDL is Coming to Riyadh

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Riyadh Season keeps on getting more lit and to make things even hotter, the MDL electronic music festival is coming to Riyadh for its first edition ever with a number of the world’s very best EDM superstars and DJs including David Guetta, Tiesto, Afrojack, Martin Garrix, Black Coffee, and Steve Aoki.

The region’s largest music cultural festival will take place on December 19th and until the 21st and it will witness 18 global superstar headliners, 28 international dance acts and 24 local and regional performers.

The stars include global EDM and DJ stars, David Guetta, Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki and R3hab, alongside the biggest homegrown Saudi artists, including the country’s first female EDM DJ, Cosmicat, and the Saudi DJ duo, Dish Dash.

Saudi DJ, Ahmad Alammary, member of the festival team, said, “MDL Beast is more than just a festival. Empowered by innovation and technology in live entertainment, MDL Beast is also a platform with multiple objectives including ongoing seasonal local and global events, online and radio channels, recording studios, and a non-profit foundation promoting music education and therapy. We’re confident MDL Beast will be like nothing seen before and we cannot wait to experience this transformative musical milestone.”

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