Riyadh: A desert exhibition inspired by Al Ula’s natural and historic surroundings is being showcased in Saudi Arabia.
Desert X Al Ula, the first site-responsive contemporary art display of its kind in Saudi, has brought together an international collaboration of artists for a cross-cultural exploration of desert culture.
The expo, which runs until March 7, has taken its cue from the extraordinary landscape and historical significance of the ancient site.
Some of the artists taking part in the project have been involved in the creation of Desert X installations in California, and their experience has helped produce stunning artworks based on Al Ula’s ancient civilisations, natural beauty, sands and rock formations.
The expo, which has been held in cooperation between the Royal Commission for Al Ula and Desert X, is part of a push to promote Saudi art and culture on the international stage.
Al Ula was built by successive civilisations over thousands of years and was a place for a cultural exchange due to its location at the confluence of three continents, serving as a link between the East and the West. Desert X Al Ula has been designed to bring that cultural heritage back to life.