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Misk Art Institute is a new artist-centered cultural organization operating under the auspices of the Misk Foundation, established by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. The Institute was established in 2017 to encourage grassroots artistic production in Saudi Arabia, nurture the appreciation of Saudi and Arab art and enable international cultural diplomacy and exchange.

Misk Art Institute works locally, regionally and internationally. Its headquarters are in Riyadh, where it will open a major cultural center in 2020, with exhibition spaces and artist studios. In Abha, it will establish an artist-residency and studio center, keeping alive the Al-Miftaha Arts Village. In 2018, Misk Art Institute became the commissioner of the permanent National Pavilion of Saudi Arabia at La Biennale di Venezia, Saudi's permanent home at the world's most important cultural gathering.


  • Centered around the artist, the institute includes them at every level of its team.
  • Within the context of new cultural conversations, it supports Saudi’s creative community to produce work and develop their practice, strengthening platforms for exposure within and beyond the kingdom.

Audiences and appreciation

  • Initiatives, exhibitions, educational programs and public events encourage cultural engagement and promote awareness and appreciation of Saudi and Arab art regionally and internationally.
  • Local public programs and educational initiatives nurture artistic awareness at all levels of Saudi society.

Cultural Narrative in the Arab World

  • Instigating contemporary creative conversations, the institute also finds firm foundations documenting regional cultural narratives of the modern era.
  • International exhibitions, initiatives and partnerships ensure Saudi Arabia and the Arab world are meaningful participants on the world’s foremost creative platforms.

Partners & Collaborators

  • Misk Art Institute connects local, regional and international audiences with contemporary culture of Saudi Arabia and the Arab World through a network of collaborators and partners.

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