Jeddah art exhibition looks at the history of oil in Saudi Arabia

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An art exhibition that looks at the cultural impact of oil in Saudi Arabia’s history kicked off on Saturday in Jeddah’s Khuzam Palace, and will be open to visitors until July 18.

The location of “Nafthah” exhibition itself is significant.


Khuzam palace in Jeddah witnessed the first oil exploration agreement between Saudi Arabia and the United States in 1933, which in turn resulted in the discovery of oil in 1938.

“Nafthah,” which is organized by the Saudi Ministry of Culture, hosts artists who will display their works of art related to the period of oil discovery.

The exhibition features artworks, including paintings, figures, and multimedia (photos, videos, audio clips), by 14 artists, 12 of which are Saudi.

The artists whose works are featured are aged 27 to 51.

The Ministry of Culture aims to “highlight the Kingdom’s modern past,” through the exhibition and the artists who express their reflections on Saudi Arabia’s history and their vision of “the cultural impact it has left on Saudi society,” according to a press release.

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