Saudi Arabia, Christie’s Collaborate to Establish Museum in Jeddah

Monday, 17 June, 2019 - 08:00 -

Saudi Arabia, Christie’s Collaborate to Establish Museum in Jeddah

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Nasif House in the historical area of Jeddah where the auction is held (Asharq Al-Awsat)
London- Abeer Mishkhas
Jeddah city will witness for the first time in its historic center an art charity auction of contemporary art from the Middle East entitled “Art for Al Balad.”

It will display 43 works that have been generously donated by collectors, artists, and gallerists, including works by artists representing Saudi Arabia and other countries around the Middle East.

The charity auction is the first event of its kind in the Kingdom and has been organized by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture and Christie’s.

It will take place on June 26 to raise funds for a new heritage museum in Jeddah Historical District and a Jeddah children’s non-profit organization.

This event forms part of Saudi Arabia’s wider cultural transformation plans that are set to bring unprecedented change to the Kingdom in accordance with its Vision 2030.

Led by Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al Saud, Minister of Culture, the Ministry aims to create a thriving cultural sector which supports the Kingdom’s economic diversification and improves citizen’s quality of life.

Spokesman of the Ministry of Culture Abdulkarim al-Hamid discussed with Asharq Al-Awsat the Ministry’s expectations for launching this auction.

“The Ministry of Culture has high expectations in regards to this auction and on different levels,” he said.

“On one hand, it believes that art auctions form an important part of the art industry, and a path in the Saudi art industry must be created for it and established as a key element amidst the rise of art and development.”

For this reason, he stressed, the partnership was created with Christie’s, being a leading global company in art auctions, and would help set standards and establish the right frameworks for organizing auctions beneficial to all industry stakeholders from institutions, artists, investors, and buyers.

“On the other hand, the auction with its charitable aims, including the establishment of the ‘Balad’ museum, requires such a level of organization to benefit all parties and to consolidate the auction culture as a civilized form of charitable initiatives that serve the artistic community and its members,” Hamid added.

In regards to the selection and evaluation of the works, Hamid said they took place in collaboration with Christie's and Hafiz Galerie.

“These works were brought from well-known artists and galleries and are valued in the art sector,” he noted.