Parrallel Kingdom - Houston, TX

The Station Museum of Contemporary Art presented Parallel Kingdom: Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia, a cross generational survey of contemporary art from Saudi Arabia. This exhibition explored Saudi culture in America's Oil Capital through the lens of some the most influential and radical Saudi artists of the 21st century, alongside younger voices from the fields of art, comedy and film.

Parallel Kingdom marked the launch of a multi-city tour of the United States to generate people-to-people dialogue through the first hand accounts of Saudi artists, and lay a new foundation for discourse and understanding between the two countries.

In partnership with

Ithra Station Contemporary Art Museum

Release Date

June 2018

Locations

STATION MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
HOUSTON, TEXAS

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Parrallel Kingdom in Houston, Texas

The Station Museum of Contemporary Art organizes exhibitions that question our society's morality and ethics. It embraces the idea that art plays a critical role in society as an agent of creativity and civil discourse and as a resource that deepens and broadens public awareness of the cultural, political, economic, and personal dimensions of art.

Station Museum of Contemporary Art

Parrallel Kingdom in Houston, Texas

Much of our collective knowledge on Saudi Arabia comes through a mediated lens of politics, conflict and religion. For decades the
Kingdom has been linked to the U.S. and the West, through economics and politics. The boundaries of internal Saudi development are changing, and recently, the status of the artist has risen, challenging Western concepts of Saudi’s cultural history.


Station Museum of Contemporary Art

Parrallel Kingdom in Houston, Texas

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Houston Chronicle

Contemporary Saudi Arabian Artist Builds a Better Mousetrap in "Parallel Kingdom"

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Houston Chronicle

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Saudi Contemporary Artists Tour America

In June 2016, a group of Saudi artists, both men and women, acted upon a dream to discover the people and diversity of America—from the East to West coast–trekking across the US interstate highway system and major cities on a mission to share not only their innate passion to create but also to collaborate with the communities they encountered.

Bridges was one of the most significant Cultural Diplomacy initiatives ever undertaken between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States. Over two years, and working in partnership with cultural institutions across the U.S., Bridges attracted an estimated 430,000+ visitors to exhibitions and events across 10 cities and 13 States.


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