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Eye of Riyadh: Alāan Artspace Will Launch its 2014 Season with a Thought Provoking Exhibition

7th April 2014

Alāan Artspace, one of Riyadh’s premier street-level galleries, will be launching its 2014 season with a unique exhibition titled “Questions/More Questions” showcasing the artwork of Riyadh-born artist Abdullah Al-Othman. The new exhibition will build upon the considerable success of the gallery’s inaugural year, which witnessed the impactful launch of “Soft Power” – a debut exhibition of solely female artists.
Alāan, meaning ‘now’, expresses a call to action for Saudi artists to produce more artwork alluding to the need for increased art and art education in the Kingdom. The name also represents the credo of the dynamic gallery, founded...


5th November 2013

In the last few years, contemporary artists in Saudi Arabia have been expanding their reach, exhibiting at the British Museum and the Venice Biennale, in addition to other cultural institutions. In response to this, Saudi Arabia is also beginning to witness the emergence of a gallery scene.

Established in October 2012, Alāan Artspace is one such venue injecting a dose of contemporary art and cultural discourse into Riyadh’s local art scene. It was the brainchild of siblings Neama and Mohammed Al-Sudairy, and their goal was to create an arts community-building space to bridge the gap between artists and audiences in the city. “There is...

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Arab News: Design, art and education come together at Alaan Artspace

21st November 2012

A new contemporary art gallery ushered the growing number of art aficionados last month in Riyadh with its first exhibition “SoftPower”, which runs until Dec. 10.
Works by Saudi artists Manal Al-Dowayan, Sarah Abu Abdallah and Sarah Mohanna Al-Abdali explored daily interactions in contemporary life and raised questions about the identity of women in Saudi Arabia. They approached the subject delicately through humor, ambiguity and irony, giving it a relevance that resonates not just locally but traverses regionally and beyond.
Al-Dowayan’s work “Esmi” — an imposing and socially challenging installation of rosary beads that was first...

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The Art Newspaper: Saudi Arabia breaks onto contemporary art scene

23rd August 2012

Saudi Arabia is making its mark on the global contemporary art scene: works by Middle Eastern artists such as Talal Al Zeid and Mohammed Farea are available at Lam Art Gallery in Riyadh, the Empty Quarter photography gallery in Dubai was founded by the Saudi photographer Princess Reem Al-Faisal, while Message/Messenger, a 2010 installation incorporating a wood and copper dome by the Saudi artist Abdulnasser Gharem, was the top lot at Christie’s Dubai in April 2011, fetching $842,500 (with buyer’s premium; est $70,000-$100,000). A new contemporary art gallery called Alaan Artspace, which opens next month in Riyadh, also hopes to succeed...

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Alãan meaning Now is Riyadh’s key contemporary forum, at the heart of the city’s emerging arts scene. We foster the city’s growing arts community through exhibitions, event programmes and an important arts library. Through Alãan Projects we integrate arts education and community events with exhibitions showcasing unique local design talent. Our stunning exhibition space is deliberately set at street level, welcoming a relaxed, immersive experience.

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