Saudi Arabia’s inaugural entry to Venice Biennale 2018 will focus on informal design process

The first ever Saudi Arabian pavilion at the International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia will be located in the Arsenale and will feature an exhibition commissioned by the Misk Art Institute under the theme of “Un/Design.”

In response to the theme of “Freespace” announced by the Biennale Architettura 2018, “Un/Design” will explore the possibility of loosening the formality of the design process, leaving room for accidental collisions that can result in an organic exchange among elements in space. A jury has been appointed to select a project out of the 66 submissions received through an open call, to be showcased at the event.

The Misk Art Institute is a new organisation, part of the Misk Foundation, established by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud as part of Saudi Arabia’s 2030 Vision program. Led by Saudi artist, Ahmed Mater, the institute was created to encourage grassroots artistic production in Saudi Arabia and enable cultural diplomacy and exchange.

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