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US Cultural Tour

As part of a major US Cultural Tour, on the occasion of the Saudi Crown Prince’s visit toWashington D.C., Misk Art Institute presented a program of Saudi contemporary art, music and film at The Kennedy Center.

The aspirational values of the venue resonated with the spirit and mission of Misk Art Institute – expressing the potential of creativity and youth in a moment of dynamic change. Bringing together contemporary and traditional art from the kingdom, the exhibition expressed Saudi Arabia's rich heritage and grassroots energy.

The exhibition featured 33 Saudi artists from across the Kingdom with over 20 major works.

Al-Qatt Al-Assiri murals

The exhibition featured an installation of two murals made by women artists from Saudi Arabia’s Southern region of Asir. The murals express a long relationship between people and their natural environment, showing complex scenes that narrate the stories of their family, culture, environment, rituals and agriculture.

In 2017, Al-Qatt Al-Asiri, was inscribed in the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.


“For decades, reviving Al-Qatt Al-Asiri traditional art, was no more than a dream. Now, we now witness the realization of this dream as we are provided with an international platform where we can share it and provide art lovers and enthusiasts with the opportunity to behold the beauty of this ancient art and delve into its shapes, colors and geometric angles. Today we are with Misk, in Washington, the metropolis of art, presenting Asiri art to the world. This is a new testament of our leadership’s confidence in this historic art and flexibility to embrace development and present it to the world in the best manner.”

Saudi writer Ali Moghawi, leader of the Al-Qatt Al-Asiri mural paintings project

“For many years I have been working on Asiri art in collaboration with many creative artists who are equally committed and passionate about this art. Today, I am very happy with Al-Qatt Al-Asiri traditional art being recognised as an artistic heritage and it will be protected by entities who appreciate its historical cultural and artistic value. I look forward to cooperating with these entities to further preserve and spread this art around the world. This is a great achievement by Misk Art Institute and all those who have been dedicated to this spectacular art of Asir.”

Fatimah Fayaa, Al-Qatt Al-Asiri artist


March 21, 2018


The Kennedy Center, Washington D.C., United States

Part of the Misk Art Institute's US Cultural Tour. Other activities included:

Download the special Saudi Art Guide produced for the occasion


Exhibited Artists

Ahmad Angawi
Ahmed Mater
Ajlan Gharem
Amr Alnagmah
Dhafer Al Shehri
Fatimah Hassan
Rashed Al Shashai
Saeed Salem
Yusef Alahmad

Al-Qatt Al-Asiri Mural Artists
Amira Al-Almai
Arwa Mohammed Alzehr
Fatemah Faya Yaqub
Fatima Yahya
Fatimah Hassan
Fawzeiyah Mohammed Barzyq
Halimah Moshabab Assiry
Jameelah Mater
Jamelah Ali Alsoghayer
Jewaher Mater
Nala Ali
Nawarah Abdolrahman Moghawi
Ohud Ebraheam Moghawi
Reem Mater
Safia Ahmed
Salehah Abdulazeaz Alraqde
Salehah Yahay Alalmaiy
Salha Al-Qahtani
Sharifa Ayed
Zaina Al-Shahrani
Zohrah Faya Yaqub

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