Jeddah Islamic Arts Biennale 2023

Jeddah’s Islamic Arts Biennale to close this week

The first-ever Islamic Arts Biennale in Jeddah is to close this week, offering visitors their last chance to experience the vibrant showcase of culture and creativity,

The enormous exhibition was originally intended to finish on April 23rd, but its run was extended until Tuesday May 23rd due to popular demand.

Hosted by the Diriyah Biennale Foundation (DBF), the inaugural biennale has been captivating art enthusiasts since its opening on January 23rd at the Hajj Terminal in Jeddah.

The collection features 280 artefacts, including 60 contemporary pieces and 15 previously unseen works, each reflecting the richness and diversity of Islamic arts.

Visitors can see contributions from over 18 local and international institutions, including the Benaki Museum in Athens, Paris’ Louvre, and the Haramain Authority.

Among the highlights of the exhibition are 43 international masterpieces on loan, along with 239 pieces from across the Kingdom thematically centered around Awwal Bait (First House).

Two separate pavilions showcase meticulously handcrafted historical items, originally displayed in the Prophet’s Mosque and the Masjid Al Haram.

The DBF is now set to host a biennale every year, with the Islamic Arts Biennale following in the footsteps of Saudi Arabia’s first Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale held in December 2021 at the JAX District in Riyadh.

With the Islamic Arts Biennale closing on Tuesday, it’s your final opportunity to see this year’s collection. Tickets are available free of charge and can be registered for at iab2023.org.