In June 2009, Edge of Arabia travelled to the 53rd Venice Biennale, and was described as ‘the best representation of Middle Eastern art in the Biennale’.
The exhibition, curated by Stephen Stapleton, Abdulnasser Gharem and Ahmed Mater in the celebrated Palazzo Polignac and visited by over 11,000 visitors, created a powerful platform for showcasing Saudi art around the world and paved the way for the first ever Saudi pavilion at the 2011 Venice Biennale.
"Saudi artists have arrived in Venice to transmit a message of love, peace and tolerance. Recently, inspired by the hectic glamour of an unprecedentedly rich and vibrant culture, they have forced their way into the 21st century’s global and multicultural art world, carrying with them the legacy of ‘Arabia’, the virgin land of heavenly beauty and boundless imagination."
DR ABDULAZIZ AL-SEBAIL | FORMER DEPUTY MINISTER OF CULTURE FOR SAUDI ARABIA