The first edition of Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale marks the beginning of era-defining connections, a celebration of Saudi Arabia’s contemporary art scene and the Kingdom’s evolving position as a major global art powerhouse.
Diriyah Biennale Foundation is deeply aware of the current level of recognition enjoyed by Saudi Arabia’s contemporary art and seeks to engage visitors with all that the Kingdom’s most creative minds have to offer and most importantly, what it means in a global and local context. This has been achieved via never-seen-before commissions, unique events, interpretive materials, and a rich public program of talks, seminars, workshops and performances.
The 60+ artists invited to be a part of this catalytic biennale come from different nationalities and generations, providing each visitor with fresh experiences and perspectives. The unifying thread running through the Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale, in each of the newly refurbished warehouses housing the exhibition and public programming is our theme, Feeling the Stones.
“Feeling the Stones“ is drawn from a saying that emerged during the 1980s as a metaphor for action at a time of social and economic transformation, ‘crossing the river by feeling the stones’, which encapsulates considered progress – transformation through intelligent actions, echoing Diriyah Biennale Foundation’s core mission of empowering artistic spirit as a force for meaningful change.