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RIYADH: A politician, aspiring painter, poet and patron of the arts, Prince Khalid Al-Faisal redefined creativity in his cultural work, defining its elements while serving the kingdom and its people, Governor of Asir Region, Minister of Education. , and is currently the governor of Makkah region.
The journey of this politically minded poet-prince is showcased in an exceptional exhibition by the Visual Arts Commission titled “House of My Thoughts” at the Hitt’s Palace in Riyadh.
The exhibition highlights the rich legacy of a prominent national figure who influenced Saudi culture with outstanding literary and artistic works.
“This exhibition celebrates the Prince of Art and Culture, an inspired and inspiring Prince, his inspirations in nature, poetry, literature and art and how he inspired other poets and artists,” said Ragat Amin, general manager of the show. Delivered at the Saudi Visual Arts Commission.
The show chronicles Prince Khalid’s journey around two main themes, inspired and inspired.
“It is a great honor to be the curator of this exhibition, but as he is a multifaceted figure and an inspiration to us all, it was a great challenge to celebrate the legacy of His Royal Highness in one exhibition,” Lulwa Al said. -Hamoud, Saudi artist and curator of the exhibition.
“To have a simple but rich story, two themes complemented each other in the exhibition: inspired and inspired. We worked intensively for six months.
The evocative theme of the exhibition chronicles the journey of a man who finds his creativity using language to create poetry and literature inspired by the spirit of the motherland and the originality of its people.
The exhibition’s inspired theme is represented by Prince, who has contributed to inspiring generations of thinkers, artists, poets and musical pioneers in the Arab world and beyond.
The inspired theme, meanwhile, includes the testimonies of three artists heavily influenced by Prince Khalid: Ahmad Mater, a remarkable cultural voice documenting the realities of contemporary Saudi Arabia; Abdullah Hammas, whose paintings have been acquired in many ministries, airports, government departures and international museums; and Jena Amar, Director of Arts Residencies and Programs at Al-Muftaha Fine Arts Village.
Al-Muftaha Village is located in Aba and is one of the most important tourist attractions in the Asir region, especially as it provides a place for artists to express and share their creativity.
Founded in 1989 by Prince Khalid, who was the governor of Asir region, Al-Muftaha houses artists’ studios and dormitories, exhibition galleries, shops and a bookstore.
“Al-Muftaha founded the Fine Arts Village, a center for artists and considered one of the first centers for art in the Arab world,” said Amin.
Among the many programs established by Prince Khalid are the Aba Literary Club, the Aba Song Festival and the Aba Prize for Cultural Excellence.
From 1971 to 2007, Prince Khalid served as Asir’s governor, and his love for her is expressed in his poems and paintings displayed in the “Country and Its People” section of the exhibition.
Other paintings reflect famous poems and poets of the pre-Islamic era, which greatly influenced Prince Khalid’s works.
“The strategy was to have a holistic approach by introducing sound and the written word next to his paintings, as well as an immersive digital installation that takes the audience into the world of his paintings,” Al-Homoud said.
He added: “I am very impressed by the level of interaction with the paintings by the audience and am proud to show the diversity of his great talents.”
The exhibition enriches the visitor experience through a range of activities, unique discussions and art and cultural programs and workshops.
Some of the scheduled conversation sessions include meetings between al-Muftaha’s artists and discussions about Prince Khalid’s influence on them.
The exhibition will be held daily from 2 pm to 10 pm till Jan. 3.