‘Epicenter X: Saudi Contemporary Art’ Show Hits U.S. in July to Challenge Perceptions, Share Saudi Culture

A U.S. exhibition featuring the works of roughly 40 Saudi Arabian artists aims to “share their expressions, foster conversations and challenge conceptions of life” in Saudi Arabia, the Associated Press reports.

The exhibition, entitled “Epicenter X: Saudi Contemporary Art,” opens July 8 and runs for about three months at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. According to the AP, the exhibition will “feature photographic and video installations as well as murals exploring themes of urbanization, globalization, religion and the impact of U.S. culture on a restrictive Saudi society that’s loosened somewhat when it comes to arts and entertainment.”

Saudi Arabia has exhibited its rich artistic and cultural history in the U.S. and around the world before, most notably with its recent Roads of Arabia tour. Epicenter X will be the first such display of contemporary and modern art. Themes explored in the exhibit include “the role of urbanization and changing landscapes in cities and the impact of religion on society.”

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