The Red Palace Exhibition at the Cultural Foundation

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) presents The Red Palace, a major solo exhibition by celebrated Saudi Arabian artist Prince Sultan bin Fahad bin Nasser Al-Saud, at the Cultural Foundation. Following successful showings in Riyadh and Jeddah, this multifaceted exhibition will be on view at the Cultural Foundation from 26 January to 28 March, 2020.

The Red Palace presents a series of investigations into Saudi Arabia’s history through multimedia interventions including video, sculpture, photograms and installations, presented over seven chapters divided throughout the ground and first floors of the Cultural Foundation.

Window, 2017-19. Glass, wood and led lights.

Named after the Red Palace in Riyadh, where the exhibition was first presented, Bin Fahad’s works are inspired by the rise and fall of this iconic building, which was an important location during the height of Saudi Arabia’s modernisation.

The Red Palace was completed in 1944 for the then Crown Prince Saud bin Abdulaziz, who reigned from 1953 to 1964, and became his royal residence for many years. After King Saud’s move to Al-Nasriya Palace in 1953, the Palace became a government building until 1987, when it was abandoned.

Dinner at the Palace , 2019 Installation of tables, chairs,ceramic plates, silverware, glass cups, silver ewers and mirrors.

The Red Palace now lies in ruins awaiting renovation plans, with Bin Fahad’s first presentation of this work inside building being its first use since the late 1980s. The exhibition is the result of the artist’s ongoing practice of collecting memorabilia, historical relics and discarded objects from various sites across Saudi Arabia. Bin Fahad then creates sculptures and installations that investigate the transformation of these sites and their symbolic place within history and culture, focusing on pivotal moments – both political and personal – that are synonymous with the social metamorphosis of the country.

Running alongside The Red Palace will be Common Ground, a group exhibition that reflects on the common ground between Saudi Arabia and the UAE. The exhibition, featuring 13 artists, is presented in a contemporary manner to appeal to the younger generation from social, cultural and economic aspects. This exhibition is on show from 26 January 2020 – 28 March 2020.


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