Saudi Art Council Launches Fifth Edition Of 21,39 In Jeddah


Saudi Gazette

The Saudi Art Council opened doors to its first exhibition, part of the 21,39 series on Wednesday evening at Gold Moor mall in Jeddah’s Shatae district.

The fifth edition of 21,39 showcases works of over 30 Saudi and international artists, in distinctive venues around the city from. The 87 days event will run until the 5th of May.

‘Refusing To Be Still’ is the main group exhibition and will be held at three main venues: Gold Moor Mall, Rubat Al Khunji and an empty PepsiCo factory.

The second group exhibition was launched at Jeddah based Athr gallery on Thursday, entitled ‘The Clocks Are Striking Thirteen’ featuring renowned Saudi artists, alongside Saudi Arabia’s first art book fair, and Ahmed Mater’s exhibition ‘Drum Roll, Please’ at King Abdullah Economic City.

Vassilis Oikonomopoulos from the Tate Modern Museum London was chosen by the Saudi Art Council to curate the exhibition.

“The generation of ideas, concepts and artistic forms is an endless negotiation and a continuous dialogue. Like an evolving reality, artistic practices are constantly transforming, refusing to stand still and become permanent. In a fast-forming landscape of events, which characterizes the contemporary moment in Saudi, the fifth edition of [21,39] investigates the multifaceted practices that emerge in this continuously active landscape,” he said.

Oikonomopoulos is currently the Assistant Curator for International Art Collections at Tate Modern, where he works for Tate’s Middle East and North Africa Acquisitions Committee.

Artists participating this season are Moath Alofi, Ahmad Angawi, Hussein Al-Mohassen, Filwa Nazer, Mohammad Zaza, Abdulaziz Al-Rashedi, Ibrahim Abumsmar, Nasser Al-Salem, Badr Ali, Abdelkarim Qassem, James Richards, Ayman Yossri Daydban, Nora Alissa, Kostis Velonis, Emy Kat, Mohamed Monaiseer, Ilona Kálnoky, Hrair Sarkissian, Nojoud Al-Sudairi, Hatem Al-Ahmad, Ahaad Alamoudi, Aya Haidar, Ayman Zedani, Nidhal Chamekh, Eva Taulois, Saleh Serafi, Bricklab, Ali Kazma, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Abbas Akhavan.

Follow the art map for a precise guide to all the events across the city.

A series of artist-led workshops will also take place during the 87 days of art. Log on to the official website for full details