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Saudi Arabia’s Wadi AlFann Showcasing Land Art at Venice Biennale with Book Launch

Wadi AlFann, Saudi Arabia's emerging cultural hotspot for art, design, and performance, is taking part in the 60th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia with its showcase titled "Journeys in Land Art, Towards Wadi AlFann, AlUla.” This exhibition features the first five artists commissioned for Wadi AlFann: Manal AlDowayan, Agnes Denes, Michael Heizer, Ahmed Mater, and James Turrell.

In conjunction with the event, Wadi AlFann Publications is launching two books, "Oasis of Stories" by AlDowayan and "The Desert Field Guide" by US artist Mark Dion on April 19. Insights into the desert landscape will be provided by the writers, who will moderate a panel discussion exploring their works and the ways in which community involvement influences their work.


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Additionally, the showcase features a collection of renders, drawings, maquettes, and interviews, including pieces curated by AlDowayan from her interactive workshops with communities across AlUla. These works offer a glimpse into the rich cultural tapestry of the region.

Ahmed Mater's series of studies on display reveal his vision for his Wadi AlFann commission titled "Ashab Al-Lal," which explores the relationship between subjective imagination and objective reality via the perspective of Islamic Golden Age scholars.

Executive director of arts and creative industries at the Royal Commission for AlUla, Nora Aldabal, expressed enthusiasm about introducing Wadi AlFann to Venice, highlighting its significance to AlUla's development plan as a land art destination on a global scale.

Wadi AlFann, which translates to "Valley of the Arts," is positioned to become a magnificent international hub for modern art. The timeless works of art by renowned artists will have a permanent home amidst the breathtaking scenery of AlUla. Tucked away in the breathtaking desert region of northwest Saudi Arabia, AlUla is home to ancient natural, historical, and cultural heritage.

From April 18–20 and April 25–27, guided tours of the biennale will be available, offering visitors a chance to experience the diverse range of artworks firsthand.

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