The sun and the moon. These celestial bodies, the two faces of the cycle of light, are the inspiration for the artworks created by Robert Wilson for Noor Riyadh 2021. In DAYDREAM, the moon, cosmic cauldron of light, irradiates and spreads its peaceful incandescence onto civilization, as the echo of a guardian spirit. Emerging from darkness, it fills the distance between infinity and the world, thus uniting space and time – a bridge for humanity. DAYDREAM is a radiant sculpture illuminated to create a visual sequence of light. The artwork, even when seen from a distance, appears as a pulsating element, inviting the audience to walk to it, as if its shape, colors and materials were acting as a catalyst, as a magnetic entity.
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Robert Wilson (b. 1941) is among the world’s foremost theater and visual artists. His works for the stage unconventionally integrate a wide variety of artistic media, including dance, movement, lighting, sculpture, music and text. After University Wilson founded the New York-based performance collective The Byrd Hoffman School of Byrds in the mid-1960s, and developed his first signature works, including A Letter for Queen Victoria (1974-1975) and Deafman Glance (1970). With Philip Glass he wrote the seminal opera Einstein on the Beach (1976).
Wilson's drawings, paintings and sculptures have been presented around the world in hundreds of solo and group showings, and his works are held in private collections and museums throughout the world. Wilson has been honored with numerous awards for excellence, including the Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale, an Olivier Award, two Premio Ubu awards and a Pulitzer Prize nomination.
Mohammed Alsaleem (1939-1997) was the first to hold an exhibition in the city of Riyadh, in 1967. He became famous for his “horizonism” style that was inspired by observing the skyline of Riyadh from the desert.SEE ARTIST
Tom and Lien Dekyvere
Since 2012, Tom and Lien Dekyvere (b. 1985 and 1987) have traveled the world to design and install light art installations, amazing and amusing audiences in public spaces, during events and exhibitions and trying to visualize today’s world through light, sound and material.SEE ARTIST
Talal Al Zeid
Talal Al Zeid (b. 1981) is an artist from Ha’il. He grew up in Europe, where he began his career in graffiti art.SEE ARTIST
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