Diriyah Biennale Foundation

About Us

Diriyah Biennale Foundation is a catalyst for global dialogue between the growing, diverse art communities in Saudi Arabia and across the world.

At this historic moment of evolution and growth in Saudi Arabia, these biennales showcase some of the world’s leading artists, drive cultural exchange between local and international communities, promote dialogue and understanding, and further establish Saudi Arabia as an important cultural center.

Inspired by the changes taking place in Saudi Arabia, Diriyah Biennale Foundation assumes a pivotal role in nurturing creative expression and instilling an appreciation for culture, the arts, and their transformative power.

Established in 2020 by the Ministry of Culture, Diriyah Biennale Foundation produced Saudi Arabia’s first-ever art biennales: the Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale, held from December 2021 to March 2022 in the JAX district of Diriyah; and a second biennale with a focus on Islamic arts, will take place in Jeddah in early 2023. Diriyah Biennale Foundation is a catalyst for discovery and serves Saudi Arabia’s communities by offering opportunities to engage with the burgeoning local art scene.

Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale and the Islamic Arts Biennale, produced by Diriyah Biennale Foundation, showcase many previously underrepresented artists from Saudi Arabia, as well as grow awareness and engagement among domestic and international audiences.

Scheduled for the beginning of 2023, the Islamic Arts Biennale is set to be the world’s most significant showcase of contemporary and historic works of Islamic art from across the globe.

Enlightening perspectives through the power of art. Inspired by the changes taking place in Saudi Arabia, Diriyah Biennale Foundation assumes a pivotal role in nurturing creative expression and instilling an appreciation for culture, the arts, and their transformative power. READ MORE