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Andy Warhol exhibition in Saudi Arabia –

Andy Warhol’s exhibition of 70 works is headed to Saudi Arabia this winter as part of the AlUla Arts Festival, one of several events in the country aimed at boosting the nation’s cultural stature.

Entitled “The Fame: Andy Warhol in AlUla,” the exhibition is organized by The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and directed by Patrick Moore, director of that institution. The exhibition is scheduled to open on February 17, 2023, at Maria, a gleaming, reflective building in the middle of the desert.

The exhibition’s focus will be on the many ways the pop artist has portrayed celebrities, from Mohmand Ali to Dolly Parton, and will include Warhol prints, famous “screen tests,” and more.

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In the past few years, Saudi Arabia has hosted a range of arts events aimed at attracting international artists and curators to the country. These events include an edition of the Desert X Biennale that kicked off in 2020.

Many in the art world have vehemently denounced events like Desert X AlUla, claiming they are the events of Saudi Arabia record of human rights violations It should deter international dignitaries from investing money, time and interest in exhibitions held there. Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic Christopher Knight was among those critics, Connection The 2020 version of Desert X AlUla is ‘morally corrupt’.

The advertisement for the Warhol exhibition touted this illustrious collaboration with Saudi Arabia as potentially transformative for those interested in art there.

In a statement, Moore said, “FAME aims to be an introduction to the side of Warhol that I believe is most fascinating to many young people, including young Saudis. Like Andy Warhol’s journey, which began as a child staring at a movie screen. Collecting propaganda shots has become more common than through the advent of social media.

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