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LEADERS AND CURATORS

Bringing the ambition of Riyadh Art to life.

LEADERS

Riyadh Art is one of the four major projects launched by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on March 19, 2019, under the supervision of the Committee of Grand Projects chaired by His Royal Highness the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense.

 

Riyadh Art is one of four grand projects being developed by (RCRC) that collectively transform the capital into an environmentally friendly, sustainable city which offers the highest standards of livability and lifestyle, in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 goals.

CURATORS

Meet Riyadh Art’s curatorial experts.

Eiman Elgibreen

Eiman Elgibreen

Noor Riyadh Curator

Citywide Installations

Eiman Elgibreen is an artist and an assistant professor of art history at the Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She obtained a PhD in art history from the University of Sussex (UK) for her research on "Image Making: Representations of Women in the Art and Career of Safeya Binzagr 1968-2000." Since 2011, Elgibreen has also been a freelance writer for Al-Riyadh Daily Newspaper and Al- Jazirah Daily Newspaper.
She worked with a number of established local and international organizations on various projects concerning Saudi art, such as: MoMA Museum, Art Dubai Modern, MiSK Art Institute, Ithra World Center, Darat Safeya Binzagr, and Dar Al-funoon Al-Saudia. In addition, she has curated a number of art exhibitions, including the Saudi National Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale, 2019; and received the Getty-CAA Grant for International Art Historian for 2020.

Pam Toonen

Pam Toonen

Noor Riyadh Curator

Citywide Installations

Pam Toonen (b. 1988) is a curator and artistic director who has worked and consulted for a diverse range of cultural and educational institutions in the Netherlands. She is currently working for Light Art Collection, a subsidiary of Amsterdam Light Festival, through which she is involved in the curatorial process of multiple international light art festivals and exhibitions. Pam has a MA in Comparative Arts & Media Studies from the VU University in Amsterdam. She is passionate about creating multidisciplinary public art projects that draw people into the world of art, and break the boundaries of a seemingly inaccessible field.

Raneem Farsi

Raneem Farsi

Noor Riyadh Curator

'Light Upon Light' Exhibition

Raneem Farsi is a Saudi Curator and Art Advisor. She is the Co-Founder of AR Art Advisory, a multidisciplinary Art Consultancy serving the art sector in multiple aspects including Curatorial Services, Art Consultation, Art Project Management, Collection Management and Acquisitions, as well as Art Strategy Development.
Farsi Started her career in 2010 focusing on Saudi Art and Artists; curating seminal exhibitions that have played a pivotal role in the development of Saudi Art locally and its representation internationally including the UK, France and USA, as well as regionally in Dubai and Kuwait, shedding new light on the depth, variety and history of Saudi art, with her most recent exhibition Desert X Al-Ula which introduced a new genre of Art Exhibitions to the region by being the first site-specific Land Art Exhibition in the Middle East. Farsi sits on the board of The Saudi Art Council and is a member of its curatorial committee. She also consultants a number of private and public entities, assisting towards the institutionalization of the nascent arts infrastructure in Saudi Arabia.

Susan Davidson

Susan Davidson

Noor Riyadh Curator

'Light Upon Light' Exhibition

Susan Davidson, curator and art historian, is an authority in the fields of Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, and Pop Art, with an expertise in the art of Robert Rauschenberg.

Ms. Davidson is also an accomplished museum professional with over thirty-year's experience at two distinguished institutions: The Menil Collection, Houston, where she began her career in 1985, advancing to Collections Curator, and at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and its constellation of museums, where she was Senior Curator of Collections & Exhibitions from 2002 through 2017. At each museum, Ms. Davidson oversaw the stewardship of the institution’s collection, contributing to its scholarly mission and demonstrating a keen interest in issues of conservation. During her museum career, she organized important exhibitions on artists from Joseph Cornell and Marcel Duchamp, John Chamberlain, and Robert Motherwell to Jackson Pollock, Yves Tanguy, and numerous Rauschenberg presentations. In 2018, Ms. Davidson established her eponymous firm that produces curatorial projects for international museums and galleries, works with artist’s foundations on building legacy, and provides collection management services for private collectors. Her current curatorial projects include a monograph on Tom Wesselmann and a Robert Motherwell retrospective.

Ali Jabbar

Ali Jabbar

Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium Curator

Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium

Ali Jabbar is Danish, born in Baghdad, and based in London contemporary multidisciplinary full-time artist with 40 years of experience in sculpting with marble, iron, stainless steel, bronze and many other materials either in his own studio or at international sculptural symposiums.

Jabbar has curated Jeddah and in 2005 the Dubai international stone sculpture symposium. His work has contributed to numerous biennales exhibitions and symposiums including: Beirut, Masqat, Turkey, Dubai, Manamah, Iran, Romania, Taiwan, China, Azerbaijan, Denmark and the Baghdad International Biennial, the Cairo Painting Biennial, the Tehran Painting Biennial, the Grand Palais Biennial in Paris, the Sharjah International Biennial and the X Florence international Biennale.

He has also participated in 85+ group exhibitions across the Middle East, Europe, and the USA and 11+ solo shows in Europe and the Middle East.

One of his monumental sculptures was installed at the sculpture park (2015) in Guangzhou, China, another piece will be installed in the faculty of aviation (2021) Sichuan, China.

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