Dubai: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture announced plans to set up the “black gold” museum, the first ever permanent creative museum on oil, in Riyadh in July 2022, local media reported on Wednesday.
An impressive galaxy of celebrated artists from all over the world will showcase their work, which will be established in partnership with the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre.
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The museum, which is part of the Quality of Life Programme, will be set up in line with the National Vision 2030 Realisation Programs. The black gold museum will fall under the umbrella of the “Specialised Museums” initiative announced by the Ministry of Culture in its first package of initiatives that include art museums specialised in creative fields to be launched in a number of cities across the Kingdom.
The museum will provide creative narration of the role of oil in human life, from its being a raw material to its contemporary formations, through innovative artworks based on contemporary concepts.
The museum will display more than 200 contemporary artworks, and will host annual temporary exhibitions and educational programmes for all segments of society.
The museum’s headquarters will host a variety of artistic spaces that include a fixed space for contemporary arts, visual performances and multimedia, as well as a parallel space for temporary exhibitions, a shop and a cafe, conference rooms and spaces for educational and consultancy programmes and events.
The museum will tell the story of the unique relationship that was formed between man and oil, through an innovative artistic journey to review the formations of oil from its crude state to other forms.
This exhibits will be divided into four main sections - encounter, dreams, doubts, and the future. Each section will present activities that reinforce the creative concept of the title.