Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium year 2021, brought 20 sculptors from around the world together to produce a series of permanent public sculptures for a period of 21 days, from November 15 – December 5, 2021. The resulting sculptures were exhibited in situ for a period of four days, until December 10, after which they will be relocated to permanent locations throughout the capital city of Saudi Arabia, in line with Riyadh Art’s mission to enrich the everyday lives of its residents and visitors alike.
Under the theme ‘The Poetics of Space’ three winning sculptures were selected. In first place was New Zealander Anna Korver’s artwork entitled ‘The Lighthouses’, in second place was Saudi artist Haider Alawi Al-Alawi’s piece ‘Desert Lines’, and in third place was Belgian artist Kim De Ruysscher’s ‘Unseen’.
The 20 selected artists for the 2021 edition of the Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium will create sculptures from black and white pearl marble in a live setting that will open up the creative process to the public at JAX District in Riyadh.
Wafa Al Qunibit (b. 1967) is an artist and trainer with a Masters degree in sculpture from Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, U.S. (2016) and a Master of Business Administration from Columbus University (2009).
Haider Alawi Al-Alawi
Haider Alawi Al-Alawi was awarded second place at Tuwaiq Sculpture year 2021 for his vision in condensing the experience of landscape in a synthesis of abstraction and figuration. His sculpture entitled ‘Desert Lines’ evokes the Saudi landscape, characterised by sun, wind and sand.
Isabel H. Langtry
Isabel H Langtry was born in Lagos, Nigeria from a Galician-Spanish and British heritage, which forms an essential part of her cultural DNA. Her objective as a sculptor is to produce large-scale works for public spaces.
Kim De Ruysscher
Kim De Ruysscher was awarded third place at Tuwaiq Sculpture year 2021 who poses, through his sculpture entitled ‘Unseen’, an open enigma in which the idea of figuration is questioned by the concept of illusion through covering.
Mohammed Al Thagafi
Muhammad Al Thagafi (born in 1975) is a founding member of the Saudi Society for Fine Arts. Among the pioneers of the Saudi art scene, he is a well-known sculptor locally and internationally. He holds a master’s degree in sculpture from Umm Al-Qura University (2016).
Carlos Monge (b. 1947) lives between Mexico and Spain. He is the Mexican and Spanish representative of the International Association for Monumental Sculpture Events (AIESM). Monge has participated in 100+ symposiums around the world since 1990.
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Tuwaiq Sculpture is curated by Ali Jabbar, an accomplished multidisciplinary artist with 40 years of experience in sculpting, who also helped select the artists alongside an expert panel including:
Cristiana Collu (Director of the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rome, Italy); Nicholas Cullinan (Director of the National Portrait Gallery, London, UK); Yuko Hasegawa (Director of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art); Marina Loshak (Director of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, Russia) and Eike Schmidt (Director of Uffizi Galleries, Florence, Italy).Learn More
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Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium
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Art in Transit
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