20 pioneering Saudi artists showcase through their works the inspirations they drew from their surroundings. On October 15, 2023, Misk Art Institute presents “Echoing the Land,” an exhibition curated by Misk Art Institute.
The rich history of Saudi art found a promising new wave beginning in the 1950s. Artists were offered scholarships to study art and art education abroad, igniting their creativity. These opportunities, along with significant moments such as the establishment of the Institute of Art Education in 1965, marked a new beginning in artistic expression. Support was available through the General Presidency for Youth Welfare, led by HRH Prince Faisal bin Fahd in 1983, and through the emergence of groups like the Saudi Art House (founded in 1979) and the GCC Art Friends Group (founded in 1985).
Echoing the Land pays homage to 20 pioneering Saudi artists who played a pivotal role in shaping the distinct identity of visual arts locally. 55 artworks, spanning from 1959 to 1989, inspired by the artists’ surroundings, explore, and uncover the multifaceted aspects of Saudi Arabia. Ranging from its varied natural landscapes and urban settings, traditional architecture, and the intricacies of human connections within the environment, cultures, and social influences. Each artist was deeply impacted by these elements, reflecting their own perspectives on their surroundings through distinct lenses. In doing so, they collectively illuminated the diversity of the kingdom, unveiling hidden corners.
These artists took the first steps in shaping the emerging Saudi art scene. This exhibition commemorates the artists’ formative role in giving voice to the visual narrative of Saudi art—a narrative that continues to unfold.
Thank you to the artists, their families, estates, and collectors for preserving these rare and important artworks and sharing them with our viewers. Thank you for making these pieces available so all may enjoy and appreciate Saudi's artistic heritage.
Note: The exhibition will be accompanied by a number of talks, workshops, and opportunities to listen and engage with participating artists. You may find the programming schedule on our Public Programs page.
Participating artists: Abdulaziz Alhammad, Abduljabbar Alyahya, Abdulhalim Radwi, Abdulhamid Albaqshi, Abdullah Alshaikh, Abdullah Alshalti, Abdullah Hammas, Abdulrahman Alsoliman, Abdulsattar Almussa, Ahmed Felemban, Ali Alruzaiza, Dr. Fouad Mougharbel, Mohammed Almunif, Dr. Mohammed Alresayes, Mohammed Alsaleem, Mounirah Mosley, Saad Almasari, Safeya Binzager, Taha Alsabban, Yousef Jaha.