Desert X, a series of art exhibitions that explore desert culture, found its ideal home in AlUla in early 2020. As a regional crossroads, a centre of arts and culture, and home to innovative civilisations across the millennia, AlUla was the perfect locale for such a world-class art exhibit.
Established in 2017 in the Coachella Valley of Southern California, Desert X is a series of international contemporary art exhibitions that bring desert locations to life through site-specific installations by acclaimed artists that address ecological, cultural, spiritual and other themes. Desert X AlUla 2020 was a cultural conversation between artists from Saudi Arabia and its surrounding region and artists from previous editions of Desert X in California.
The 2020 exhibit embraced AlUla’s extraordinary environment and rich cultural heritage. As visitors streamed into the desert, surrounded by vast stretches of sand, towering sandstone cliffs and huge rocks, they were amazed to find 14 unique works of contemporary art set organically in the enchanting landscape.