Jeddah prepares for a wedding of Islamic art in the “first house”

Jeddah prepares for a wedding of Islamic art in the “first house”

Biennale of Islamic Arts announces the list of participants

Saturday – 20 Rabi’ al-Awwal 1444 AH – 15 October 2022 AD Issue No. [

Saudi artist Ahmed Mater is one of the participants in the Biennale, and the photo is one of his previous works “Magnetism” Evaluation team: Somaya Vali, Dr. Julian Rabi, Dr. Saad Al-Rashed and Dr. Umniah Abdel-Bar, Islamic Arts Biennale poster A photograph of the work of Saudi artist Sultan bin Fahd, who participated in the Diriyah Biennale last year, and the artist will participate in the Biennale of Islamic Arts in Jeddah

London: Abeer Mushass

The city of Jeddah has a special presence in the imagination of Muslims all over the world, as it is the first gate through which the pilgrim and the pilgrim pass to visit the first house that is for people in Makkah Al-Mukarramah. This emotional connection is aesthetically represented in the western pilgrim halls at King Abdulaziz Airport in Jeddah, which are designed in the form of large white tents, visually taking the pilgrims to the white tents in which they will stay in Mina and Arafat while practicing. the rites of Hajj. Famously, the design of the West Hall won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1983 and was described by the jury at the time as “a wonderful and innovative design for the roof system” and represented an aesthetic and elegant response to the coverage of these large areas. With the Diriyah Biennale Foundation announcing the organization of the first Biennale of Islamic Arts in Jeddah, it seemed fitting that these vast spaces with white domes would host the events to be held in January 2023. The first session was titled “The First House” to bring together a geographical, spiritual and artistic trilogy that transports visitors. It explores the atmosphere and feelings of Islamic rites and rituals and explores their expression in different arts.
The Diriyah Biennial Authority has announced the list of participating artists, like a box loaded with gifts for art lovers. The participating names bring together brilliant artists from Saudi Arabia and the world, and if the recipient can imagine what he will see through the activities of the biennale, it will certainly contribute to seeing names of artists such as Reem Al-Faisal, Ahmed Mater and Adel Al-Quraishi from Saudi Arabia, Farah Behbehani from Kuwait, Moataz Nasr from Egypt, Idris Khan from Britain and others to prepare them for a lot of creativity and art.
But the biennale will not stop at contemporary art, which will be attended from all over, but also announced the display of art pieces borrowed from different parties and institutions, including some historical possessions, some of which are in the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah and the Great Mosque in Mecca.
The task of directing and coordinating all this art and creativity rests with a team of curators: Dr. Saad Al-Rashed, a leading Saudi archaeologist, Dr. Umniah Abdel-Bar, researcher at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and Dr. Julian Rabe, Honorary Director of the National Museum of Asian Art of «Smithsonian Institution» in Washington, DC; Somaya Valley, co-founder of the architecture and experimental research firm Counterspace, to take the visitor on a journey that embraces contemporary art with carefully selected historical pieces.
Dr. Saad Al-Rashed explains that the first session of the Islamic Arts Biennale “will bring together public and private cultural institutions and bodies for the first time in one place to display the most valuable and rare Islamic antiquities, which have never been displayed before. . At the top of these collections are valuable antiquities from the Two Holy Mosques in Mecca and Medina, which inspire visitors to the rituals of Hajj and connect them directly to the main source of inspiration for the exhibition.”
On her part, Dr. Umniah Abdel-Bar added: “For me, the discovery of the historic Saudi possession was the most exciting thing. This is in addition to the great efforts made in Medina to produce millions of copies of the Holy Quran in Arabic every year, in addition to its translation into 74 other languages.”
The Biennale also focuses on the importance of craftsmanship, of which the history of Islamic art is replete with outstanding examples such as gilded manuscripts and engraved metal objects. This brings us to the comment of the director of the Biennale of Islamic Arts, Farida Al-Husseini, that the event will represent an opportunity to build bridges between “industrial craftsmanship, academia and artistic practices.”
“The First House” reflects on the centrality of the Kaaba for Muslims all over the world, and from this axis, a visual art narrative that meditates on the meaning of being a Muslim and will deal with two axes: the qiblah and migration . According to dr. Julian Rabi, the show carries deep implications revolving around the city of Mecca as “a focal point for all Muslims, morally and tactfully, within the realms of imagination and memory.” He added, “This exhibition is not primarily concerned with Islamic art in its various branches as much as it is with the art of Islam, or rather the art of being a Muslim.”

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