The Misk Art Institute and the Middle East Institute (MEI) organized an evening of Saudi art, music and culture at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 to mark the visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman to Washington, D.C.
The one-night-only exhibition featured cutting-edge contemporary art, photography and video from more than a dozen Saudi artists, including Ahmad Angawi, Ahmed Mater, Ajlan Gharem, Amr Alnagmah, Dhafer Al Shehri, Fatimah Hassan, Nugamshi, Rashed Al Shashai, Saeed Salem and Yusef Alahmad.
Among the guests were representatives of the Misk Foundation, including the Secretary General of the Misk Foundation, Bader Alasaker, and the director of the newly established Misk Art Institute, renowned artist Ahmed Mater.
About Misk Art Institute
Misk Art Institute is a new cultural organization operating under the auspices of the Misk Foundation, established by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Led by Saudi artist Ahmed Mater, the Institute was created to encourage grassroots artistic production in Saudi Arabia and enable international cultural diplomacy and exchange. Focused on establishing itself as an artist-centered cultural innovator, Misk Art Institute will have its headquarters in Riyadh, an artist residency focused center in Abha, located in Saudi Arabia’s southwest region of Asir, and an international office in London. The Institute’s program will incorporate exhibitions and events, artist-led communications and arts education programs aimed at training and investing in the career development of young artists.