Launched in 2021, Noor Riyadh is a new citywide annual festival of light and art consisting of numerous public art installations across Riyadh city, an awe-inspiring exhibition of light art; and a diverse program of talks, tours, workshops and events.
This year’s exciting calendar of events includes a diverse program of festivals, talks, workshops and initiatives.
Educate and inspire children with Noor Riyadh’s ACTIVITY BOOKLETS designed for age groups between 5 to 8, 8 to 3 and 13+ to explore the theme of light and examine and discover the works of art beyond a visit to the exhibition ‘Light Upon Light: Light Art since the 1960s’.
Riyadh Art features some of the most prominent names in the international art world alongside an expansive roster of emerging and established local and regional artists.
Angelo Bonello (b. 1971) is an Italian artist whose visual capacity and stylistic approach is based on the dimensional distortion of scenic space and landscape.
Anila Quayyum Agha
Pakistan / United States
Anila Quayyum Agha (b. 1965) is a Pakistani-American artist who works in a cross-disciplinary fashion with mixed media. She creates artwork that explores global politics, cultural multiplicity, mass media, and social and gender roles in our current cultural and global ...
Squidsoup (est. 1997) uses digital technologies to create immersive experiences in a broad range of spaces, from art galleries and commercial venues to live public outdoor spaces and events.
Lulwah Al Homoud
Lulwah Al Homoud (b. 1967) is a Saudi, international award-winning artist who started her career in London after finishing her MA degree in art from Central Saint Martins.
Christopher Bauder (b.1973) is a light and media artist. He is the creative director of design studio WHITEvoid and the founder and managing director of the innovative lighting technology manufacturer KINETIC LIGHTS.
Muhannad Shono (b. 1977) is a Saudi artist whose multidisciplinary practice includes ink on paper, large-scale experiential, sculptural and technological installations.
Koert Vermeulen (b. 1967), Principal Designer, Founder, and Managing Partner of ACTLD, is a Belgium-based lighting and visual designer.
Sarah Abu Abdallah
Sarah Abu Abdallah’s (b.1990) work challenges the impossible by piecing together improbable elements and connections as a gesture of hope and outlet for new narratives through video, installation, poetry, images and conversations.
Company New Heroes
Company New Heroes (est. 2009), based in Amsterdam, specializes in international multi-disciplinary storytelling projects, creative concepts and biobased creations, collaborating with an international network of creative professionals to create unique projects.
Amigo & Amigo
Amigo & Amigo (est. 2012), directed by Simone Chua, is an interactive lighting and design studio, exploring the combination of light and sculpture in public and commercial spaces.
VENIVIDIMULTIPLEX (est. 2012), was founded by Joost van Bergen, Dirk Schlebusch and Onne Walsmit, who have been creating a wide range of architectural, interior and conceptual design projects since 2002.
Mohammed AlFaraj (b. 1993) was born and raised in Al Hassa, a city in Saudi Arabia that has fed into his interest in nature and ecology and led him to a multidimensional practice, from video, photography, installations and writing, through ...
Rashed AlShashai (b. 1977) is a Saudi artist who works with found objects and appropriated imagery as a conceptual means of identifying the signs of the everyday, and explores the purpose of human existence.
VOUW (est. 2017) is an Amsterdam-based design studio working at the crossroads of art, technology and design. The work of founders Mingus Vogel and Justus Bruns illuminates the human condition and opens the heart to the possibility of organic connection ...
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, ...
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.
Wang Yuyang (b.1979) is a Chinese artist who creates works using emergent media but does not deliberately emphasize the novelty of technology.
Lucio Fontana (1899 - 1968) was an Italian sculptor and painter. He became one of the protagonists of the Italian abstractionist movement, exhibiting his famous non figurative sculptures, and discovering in neon light a congenial means of expressing the language ...
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.
Keith Sonnier (1941 - 2020) radically reinvented sculpture in the late 1960s. Employing unusual materials that had never before been used, Sonnier called all previous conceptions of sculpture into question. In 1968, he began working with neon, which quickly became ...
Ayman Zedani’s (b. 1984) practice manifests between objects and multi-layered installations attempting to renegotiate the relationship between human and non-human, animal and plant, organic and inorganic, land and water.
Urs Fischer (b. 1973) mines the potential of materials — from clay, steel, and paint to bread, dirt, and produce — creating works that disorient and bewilder.
David Letellier (b.1978), aka Kangding Ray, is a French Berlin-based experimental electronic music producer and founder of the techno-experimental record label, ARA.
Julio Le Parc
Julio Le Parc (b. 1928) took night classes at the School of Fine Arts in the 1940s, while working by day, later becoming involved in Argentina’s avant-garde artistic movements: Arte Concreto-Invención and Spazialismo, inspired by Lucio Fontana, one of his ...
Nojoud Alsudairi (b.1994) is Saudi interdisciplinary artist and architect based in Riyadh, whose work ranges from painting, woven sculptures and multimedia installations.
Born in Boulogne-Billancourt (Paris) in 1938, Daniel Buren lives and works in situ.
Saeed Gamhawi (b.1972) is a Saudi painter and a conceptual artist whose work tackles cultural heritage and social issues.
Mary Corse (b. 1945) investigates materiality, abstraction, and perception through the subtly gestural and precisely geometric paintings that she has made over her fifty-year career.
Abdullah AlOthman (b. 1985) is an artist and a published contemporary poet born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. AlOthman’s artwork starts with a question concerning life, its cycles and its effect on his and others’ existence; “art is life” - art ...
Iván Navarro (b. 1972) has lived and worked in New York since 1997. Navarro uses light as his raw material, turning objects into electric sculptures and transforming the exhibition space by means of visual interplay.
Ilya and Emilia Kabakov
Russia / United States
Ilya and Emilia Kabakov (b. 1933 and 1945) and are Russian-born, American-based artists who collaborate on environments which fuse elements of the everyday with those of the conceptual.
Aleksandra Stratimirovic (b. 1968) is a Swedish artist with a broad knowledge and understanding of light and lighting technologies, who creates temporary and permanent site-specific, public works.
Manal AlDowayan (b. 1973) is a Saudi artist. Long invested in interrogating the gender-biased customs that impact the condition of women in Saudi Arabia, AlDowayan is a sensitive yet critical witness to the cultural metamorphosis engulfing the Kingdom.
Ralf Westerhof (b. 1977) is a Dutch artist who creates wire sculptures and light art installations, often kinetic, inspired by scenography and performing arts.
James Turrell (b.1943). Beginning his art career in the 1960s, James Turrell’s work is primarily an exploration of light and space. One part meditative and another confounding, Turrell’s works heighten the viewer’s very sense of seeing and place the viewer ...
Ali Alruzaiza (b. 1945) decided that his challenge was to incorporate the traditional motifs of Riyadh architecture in modern design. Today, his work, especially his interior designs, is seen in many prestigious buildings of Riyadh.
Felipe Prado (b. 1981) is a Chilean multidisciplinary artist who creates multimedia and video installations, animations, photographs, visuals for live performances, music videos, and complete visual identities.
Zaman Jassim (b. 1971) is a Saudi artist whose mixed media work features visually striking and evocative forms, often enriched by a variety of symbols, patterns and calligraphic signs
Robert Irwin (b. 1928) is a pioneering figure of the Los Angeles-based Light and Space movement of the 1960s. Beginning his career as a painter, Irwin later began exploring perception and light with his acrylic columns and discs.
Carsten Höller (b. 1961) uses his training as a scientist in his work as an artist, concentrating particularly on the nature of human relationships.
Dan Flavin (1933 - 1996) studied for the priesthood for a brief period of time before enlisting in the United States Air Force. Upon his return to New York he studied art history at the New School for Social Research ...
Egypt / Lebanon
Lara Baladi (b.1969) is an internationally recognized Egyptian-Lebanese multi-disciplinary artist, archivist and educator. Her artistic practice spans from photography, video, sculpture to architecture and multi-media installations.
Suliman Alsalem (b. 1993) is a Saudi artist from Jeddah with a background in architecture. Al Salem’s work revolves around research and discovery in an attempt to reach a new understanding of the concept of the “state of being”, its ...
Maha Malluh (b. 1959) is a Riyadh-based artist. Born in Jeddah. She is greatly influenced by her spiritual connection to the historic region of Najd, with its strong religious and cultural heritage, colorful patterned fabrics, and old Najdi architecture, all ...
Karolina Halatek (b. 1985) is a Polish artist who uses light as the central medium in her work to create experiential site-specific spaces that incorporate visual, architectural and sculptural elements.
Canada / Mexico
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (b. 1967) develops participatory installations at the intersection of architecture and performance art with a particular interest in radical empiricism and critical social practice.
Leo Villareal (b. 1967) uses LED lights to create complex, rhythmic artworks on scales ranging from stand-alone sculptures to public infrastructure projects. Villareal is known for illuminating entire façades and bridges across the world, subtly reflecting their use, environment, and ...
Dana Awartani (b. 1987) is a Saudi artist whose work aspires to the contemporary revival of traditional geometry and historical modes of making through crafts and artisanal practices.
teamLab (est. 2001) is an interdisciplinary art collective founded in 2001 in Tokyo, whose team includes several hundred specialists. At the heart of their practice lies the belief that art created using digital technology can bring people together through shared ...
Marwah AlMugait (b.1981) is an artist from Riyadh, whose practice draws attention to the invisible, neglected, or unfamiliar details of everyday life.
Nancy Holt (1938 – 2014) is known for her earthworks, public sculpture and installation work. Best known for her large-scale environmental works, her public sculptures are permanently installed in locations across Europe and North America.
Sultan bin Fahad
Sultan bin Fahad (b. 1971) considers art as a journey between intangible memories and tangible cultures. Throughout his abstract drawings, paintings, sculptures and installations bin Fahad’s central theme and object of concern remains material culture in his native Saudi Arabia.
Nasser AlSalem (b. 1984) is first and foremost a calligrapher; his work is the Arabic written word. His practice pushes the boundaries of this age-old Islamic art using unconventional mixed-media forms to expand its conceptual potential.
Ahmed Mater (b. 1979) is a Saudi physician turned conceptual artist, whose work documents and scrutinises the realities of contemporary Saudi Arabia.
Daan Roosegaarde (b. 1979) is a Dutch artist and innovator, creative thinker, and maker of social designs exploring the relation between people, technology and space.
Robert Wilson (b. 1941) is among the world’s foremost theater and visual artists. His works unconventionally integrate a wide variety of artistic media, including dance, movement, lighting, sculpture, music and text.
UxU Studio (est. 2013) is a Taiwanese collective founded by Kuan-Hung Chen and Ying-Chu Chen, that consists of architects, designers and artists. The collective’s work varies from objects to spatial installations, always with the aim of giving visitors a new ...
Yayoi Kusama (b.1929) is an avant-garde artist and novelist. She has created fantastical paintings using polka dots and nets as motifs since childhood. Working energetically on new art pieces, she plays an active part in artistic activities, often traveling the ...
Daniel Firman (b. 1966) is a French artist based between New York, Istanbul, and Dreux in France. Firman studied at the Beaux-Arts in France, and was immediately fascinated with dance and architecture.
Ahmad Angawi (b. 1981) is a multidisciplinary creative and educator from Makkah. He is inspired by the rich and diverse culture of Hejaz in the western region of Saudi Arabia, and his work revolves around the human condition while also ...
Spain / United States
Daniel Canogar (b. 1964) is a Spanish artist living and working between Spain and the USA. He is interested in the possibilities of the projected image and installation art, and has created permanent public art installations and monumental artworks.
Ayman Yossri Daydban
Ayman Yossri Daydban (b. 1966) is a Saudi based Palestinian-Jordanian artist whose multidisciplinary practice asks questions about existence, identity and belonging relating to cultural heritage.
James Clar (b. 1979) is a Filipino-American light and media artist who lives in Tokyo with studio production in Manila, Tokyo and New York. His work analyzes the effects of media and technology on our perception of culture, nationality and ...
Riyadh Art features some of the most prominent names in the international art world alongside an expansive roster of emerging and established local and regional artists.
The Mind Ship Exodus, 2021
Muhannad Shono’s The Mind Ship Exodus is a new site specific installation conceived for Noor Riyadh 2021 and inspired by our narratives conjured up around the nature, mythology and mysticism of fire. Shredded steel wire and steel mesh manifest a ...
Buzy Body, 2018
Robert Irwin: Buzy Body, 2018 Buzy Body (2018) effectively dissolves the perceived border between object and environment. Composed from unlit 15.24cm fluorescent lights mounted to fixtures and installed in vertical rows directly on the wall, the glass tubes are ...
2021 رسائل مؤقتة Ricochet
Can we address public space via poetry? Nojoud Alsudairi’s Ricochet is a performative architectural installation that combines literature with light to convey conversations between Riyadh and its residents. The haikos presented on public building signages have been collected and deconstructed ...
Neon Wrapping Incandescent V, 1970
Keith Sonnier: Neon Wrapping Incandescent V, 1970 Argon and neon tubes, porcelain fixtures, incandescent bulbs, light switch, transformer, and electrical wire.
Proportion of Light, 2021
Proportion of Light (2021) highlights the origin and function of the traditional Arabic craft, AlMangour. This complex architectural element made of a wooden interlocking lattice system creates a patterned surface with a net-like veil in the interstice spaces. Deeply engaged ...
Casino AlRiyadh, 2021
In Casino AlRiyadh (2021) from his Written By The City series, AlOthman imitates the language of the city by identifying light panels, signs, and billboards found on modern and old urban buildings. In the 1960s and 1970s, these signs mapped ...
Light Wall (Outdoor Version), 2021
Carsten Höller’s Light Wall consists of a metal structure holding 1100 lightbulbs which are simultaneously blinking at a frequency of 7,8 hz. This rhythm has a visual (and auditory) hallucinatory effect on the viewer, as it presumably influences brainwave frequencies ...
Untitled (Electric Light), 2019
Mary Corse: Untitled (Electric Light), 2019 Untitled (Electric Light) (2019) contains tubes filled with argon gas that ionizes when a generator—concealed in a false wall—is activated. The bulbs emit a blue-tinged glow that pulses in time with the accompanying hum. ...
Continuel lumière cylindre, 1962
Julio Le Parc: Continuel lumière cylindre (1962) In Continuel lumière cylindre (Continuous light cylinder) (1962) one enters a completely darkened room. A projector throws a ray of artificial light that is broken up by rotating plastic elements placed on ...
Illusion Hole, 2020
Illusion Hole is the sixth artwork in the ‘Use Your Illusion’ series. Since UxU Studio began to create its series of artworks using meteor lights, it has been curious about how the visitor experiences its flowing light. According to UxU ...
Parabolic Lightcloud, 2018
In its installation Parabolic Lightcloud, Amigo & Amigo uses more than 1,000 lights to make something invisible visible: our human emotions. With different color combinations, patterns and transitions they show us intense emotions such as love and happiness, but also ...
Submergence is a large immersive walkthrough experience by Squidsoup that uses over five thousand individual points of suspended light to create feelings of presence and movement within physical space. In this way, the installation transforms space into a hybrid environment ...
Star in Motion, 2021
Shining bright atop the Kingdom Tower, Koert Vermeulen’s Star in Motion illuminates the skies above Riyadh while subconsciously underscoring the festival’s theme, Under One Sky. In spirituality, the symbolism of stars is the knowledge of good and truth. Throughout the ...
Afrum (Pale Pink), 1967
James Turrell: Afrum (Pale Pink), 1967 In Afrum (Pale Pink) (1967), a single projector casts a basic geometric form of a pyramid or tetrahedron onto the opposing corner in a darkened room. An optical illusion creates a volume and mass floating ...
Searching for Darkness, 2021
Although he has used light as a medium and component since 2016, in Searching For Darkness (2021), the artist adds physics as another dimension to examine the universal application of light. Here AlShashai uses seven vertical light spirals that hang ...
French artist Daniel Firman’s sculptural works explore movement and gesture centered around one’s sense of doing and taking action. Firman’s practice often incorporates dance intimated here in his splayed neon arc, Butterfly (2007), that gracefully unfolds against a wall. The ...
PALACE OF LIGHT, 2021
Whether he is directing an opera or a play or designing a work for the theater or for a public space, Robert Wilson always starts with light. Without light, there is no space. Wilson has often said that time is ...
Northern Lights, 2015
Ever thought of seeing the aurora borealis in Riyadh? Aleksandra Stratimirovic makes this possible with Northern Lights. For this pioneer in light art, the phenomenon of polar lights symbolizes the beauty of friendship and she hopes the installation will convey ...
God Is Alive, He Shall Not Die, 2012
Offering the viewer a more devotional experience, Nasser Al Salem’s God Is Alive, He Shall Not Die (2012) is an exploration of the infinite and humanity’s incapacity to conceive it. Contemplating the infinite nature of God, the work is a ...
City Gazing Riyadh, 2021
In the 1970s, an iconic image of the Earth taken from the Apollo 17 space shuttle became a symbol of environmentalism. In fact, many astronauts who see the Earth floating in the vastness of space experience what has been termed ...
Nostalgia Takes Us to Sea but Desire Keeps Us from the Shore, 2010
Nostalgia Takes Us to Sea, but Desire Keeps Us from the Shore (2010), like most of Al Dowayan’s works, results from personal experiences belonging to her series, And We Had No Shared Dreams (2010). It depicts an imagined conversation between ...
"Colored Triangles by Myriad, for Riyadh" work in situ: KAFD Conference Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2020-2021
Daniel Buren is one of the most active and acclaimed artists on the international art scene today, and his work has been shown in leading galleries and museums and a wide range of sites worldwide. His “visual tool” is based ...
Ambiente Spaziale a luce rossa, 1967
Lucio Fontana: Ambiente Spaziale a luce rossa, 1967 Ambiente Spaziale a luce rossa (Spatial Environment in red light) (1967) was originally constructed for the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam in 1967, but was dismantled and destroyed at the end of the ...
Corona (2018) comprises three LED screens containing nearly 25 million pixels, whereas the LED panels feature a drastically reduced pixel pitch. The artist’s use of the triptych underscores the importance of art historical precedent in his work, alluding to a ...
Infinity Mirror Room—Brilliance of Souls, 2014
Infinity Mirror Room — Brilliance of the Souls (2014) functions on multiple levels, exploiting fragmentation, refraction, and reflection to immerse the viewer in a variegated cosmos. Stepping across its threshold, the viewer takes a dreamlike walk through an alternate universe ...
Tribute to Mohammed Alsaleem, 2021
In the spirit of Noor Riyadh, the first light art celebration in the country's history, a never-before-seen work by pioneer Saudi artist Mohammed Alsaleem is revealed. This work is part of a rare collection of computer graphics that he made ...
Through amplification of micro-experiences, Ayman Zedani examines the dynamics and relationships between the human and non-human in relation to the future of the planet. His multi-layered installations are built on a series of experiments and investigations that look towards the ...
Antenna (Green), 2010
Ahmed Mater’s Antenna (Green) (2010) stands as a metaphor for youth’s yearning to expand its horizons. Articulated in neon, the device is a ubiquitous home appliance that transmits information, a TV aerial. Recalling his personal experience as a young explorer ...
Somewhere Beautiful, 2021
In Somewhere Beautiful (2021), the artist presents hyper-consumption in the digital world, blurring the lines between light, vision, reality, and fiction. The immersive installation is a compilation of multiple screens projecting scenes culled from a plethora of movies and documentaries ...
Run Beyond, 2015
Run Beyond represents a man as he runs at breakneck speed to jump to incredible heights. The run starts, ends and begins again in a perpetual cycle that alludes to the course of human life. This is an artwork that ...
Tribute to Ali Alruzaiza, 2021
The tribute dedicated to Ali Alruzaiza is based on a unique group of acrylic paintings and doors designed by the artist himself and highlights his multidisciplinary skills and creative vision. Graphic shapes of triangles and circles have always been a ...
Once Was A Ruler, 2019
A spiritual and exploratory odyssey produced a series of works to which Once Was A Ruler (2019) belongs. Here the artist has created a composite of his own photographs of ancient sculptures that depict monarchs from the north Arabian kingdom ...
Artificial Moon, 2007
Wang Yuyang’s Artificial Moon is an imposing sculptural piece with a diameter of over 4 meters. The installation recreates the earth’s moon and uses thousands of lightbulbs to simulate craters and other surface features of the much admired and celebrated ...
Recurrent Anaximander, 2020
Recurrent Anaximander (2020) is named after Anaximander of Miletus (610-545 BC), the pre-Socratic philosopher who advanced that the stars and planets were not located within a celestial vault. Instead, Anaximander postulated that they appear in a continuous space surrounding the ...
Leo (George and Irmelin), 2019
Leo (George & Irmelin) (2019) is a rendering of actor, art collector, and climate change advocate Leonardo DiCaprio depicted in a double portrait with his mother (Irmelin Indenbirken) and father (George DiCaprio). In a nod to a pre-electric world, the ...
Nocturnal Dialogue, 2021
For Noor Riyadh 2021, Dutch artist Ralf Westerhof and Saudi artist Talal Al Zeid have worked together to create an original site-specific piece. This collaboration is an occasion for them to celebrate art through a light sculpture that embodies Noor ...
Beacon is a new large-scale sculptural installation by Karolina Halatek that invites viewers to be immersed in a dazzling white light in the form of a pillar which points towards the sky to evoke the sublime matters between heaven and ...
بيتنا في السماء May We Meet Again, 2021
Marwah Almugait’s May We Meet Again explores the notion of infinite spaces and the possibility of creating an alternative reality through various narratives. It is based on the vital connection between its location, at the Saudi National Museum, and the ...
Flowers and People - A Whole Year per Hour, 2020
For Flowers and People (2020), the teamLab collective has created an elaborate computer program that continuously renders the artwork in real-time. This interactive installation accumulates floral images that never replicate themselves. The cycle of growth and decay inherent in nature ...
Render (Tree), 2016
If one were to take a photo of a television at the exact moment of turning it on—a typical and instantaneous act—the television’s static and cathode rays would be frozen at that moment, rendering an unrecognizable image. Render (Tree) (2016) ...
SKALAR is a large-scale art installation, conceived by Christopher Bauder with Kangding Ray, that explores the complex impact of light and sound on human perception, a reflection on the fundamental nature and essence of human emotions. By combining a vast ...
The Sun, Again, 2017
The Sun, Again (2017), emphasizes the importance of light in our daily lives. Through moving pictures and successive sounds, the artist speaks to an ecological imbalance, in its most severe form, suggesting that a dark future can be avoided if ...
Iván Navarro’s Podium (2018) consists of three circular stands of varying height. Inside each, Navarro has placed a one-way mirror that reflects the neon lights placed in a key pattern inside. As its title suggests, the work functions with up ...
Daniel Canogar’s Bifurcation consists of electric-like bolts of light that zigzag up and down the Zebra Building of the King Abdullah Financial District. Connected to the internet, it reacts in real time to thunderstorms happening around the globe. The artist has created an algorithm ...
Capturing Light, 2005
Based in Riyadh, Malluh is witness to the growing changes in the region that, through her photogram series, sheds light on her spiritual connection to the city’s heritage. A photogram captures a photographic image without using a camera by exposing ...
Hidden Diamond-Saffron, 2019
In Hidden Diamond — Saffron (2019), Anila Quayyum Agha designed each side of the suspended cube the same, repeating a symmetrical pattern by combining and adapting different decorative elements from the Alhambra. Suspended and lit from within, the cube casts ...
The Cupola, 2003
Ilya and Emilia Kabakov’s The Cupola is a large mixed- media installation which resembles a rose window: in the center, in the depths of the cupola, there is a white aperture from which colored “beams” radiate in all directions; their ...
Diwans of the Unknown, 2021
In Diwans of the Unknown (2021), Dana Awartani artist projects verses onto the surface of a large-scale accordion book made of intricately hand-embroidered silk textile panels. The words are drawn from overlooked and still limitedly documented poetry of female poets ...
Trees Speaking With Each Other, 2019
Trees Speaking With Each Other (2019), a large wooden planter box with artificial grow lights, cultivates heirloom tomatoes once widely grown in the artist’s hometown, AlQatif, in Saudi Arabia’s eastern region, whose availability is decreasing due to urbanization. In a ...
HALO II, 2021
VENIVIDIMULTIPLEX have created a brand new edition of their installation HALO for Noor Riyadh 2021. HALO II refers to the sun as the greatest source of light and warmth that shapes the conditions for life on our planet. A halo ...
For Noor Riyadh 2021, Tom and Lien Dekyvere’s Rhizome joins the trees of the Palm Oasis with a web made of hundreds of meters of illuminated rope. The word ‘rhizome’ originates from the world of botany and has been used ...
Glowing Nature, 2017-2021
Daan Roosegaarde’s Glowing Nature is an interactive and mysterious experience which harnesses the unique qualities of live, 700-million-year-old microorganisms that glow upon touch. The result of an intensive period of research and design, the artwork enables a magical interaction with ...
The Infinite Blue, 2021
In The Infinite Blue, Lulwah Al Homoud engages the viewer in an immersive experience. To her, there is a special connection between the specific blue color used in the installation and the light in the sky as it fades or shines brighter. A change of color ...
My Mother’s Rug (Unique Edition), 2021
My Mother’s Rug is a project about the immigration of Saudis from their towns to the country’s main cities. Saeed Gamhawi uses projections of a rug, his father’s wedding gift to his mother, as a metaphor for the last connection ...
Mitochondria: Powerhouses, 2021
For Noor Riyadh 2021, Ahmed Mater collaborates with Factum Arte to develop the concepts he began to explore in 2017 with his piece Mitochondria: Powerhouses. Mater’s work reflects on the concealed and unacknowledged forces behind religion and natural resources, and ...
Untitled (To Sabine and Holger), 1966 – 1971
Dan Flavin: Untitled (To Sabine and Holger), 1966 – 1971 Untitled (to Sabine & Holger) (1966) comprises four red eight-foot fixtures forming a square, placed in a room framing the crevice of the corner. The horizontal fixtures face the ...
When the Moon is Full, 2021
Zaman Jassim’s When the Moon is Full is a project in which the artist stands in a nostalgic pause before a moment of farewell and reflects on all that is beautiful in a lifetime. Two separate scenes represent the inevitability ...
Picto Sender Machine, 2018
Felipe Prado’s Picto Sender Machine is a welcome change in a time in which we are used to seeing films, television programs and photographs in high definition. It consists of an enormous low-resolution screen of 1,200 enlarged pixels that invites ...
Holes of Light, 1973
Nancy Holt: Holes of Light, 1973 Holes of Light (1973), profound in scale and rigorous in calculation, projects light through circular holes that investigate principles of directionality and shadow. It invites the viewer to circumvent a bisected room activated ...
Will Humans Exceed Their State of Being? (The State of Being Series), 2021
Everything that exists exists in a state of being. This state illustrates its underlying conditions and circumstances. Everything is in a fixed or transient state that is conjoined, ephemeral or in flux. The state of something responds and interacts with ...
Roba Vecchia, 2007
Roba Vecchia (2007) has its genesis in an earlier work of the same name by Egyptian-Lebanese artist Lara Baladi. The parent work is a life-sized kaleidoscope installation in which the viewer is surrounded by a shifting array of the artist’s ...
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 ...
We Light Riyadh, 2021
We Light Riyadh by Lucas De Man and Pascal Leboucq of Company New Heroes is an installation created with more than 800 lamps, which sheds new light on the rapidly changing city of Riyadh, reconnecting its cosmopolitan residents in an ...
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The Hidden River – Art Trail
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Urban Art Lab
An innovative community outreach program to introduce new public art commissions across the city where residents can get ‘hands-on’ in each location.SEE MORE
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Art in Transit
Creating beautiful and distinctive stations on Riyadh’s Metro and BRT bus system. Artwork on every platform brings joy to every journey.SEE MORE
Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium
Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium will consist of 20 sculptors from around the world coming together to produce a series of permanent public sculptures.SEE MORE