Established in the Coachella Valley of Southern California, Desert X is an organisation founded on the love of contemporary art and its ability to create cross-cultural dialogue while simultaneously engaging audiences and artists who think of art can live outside of the norm of museums and galleries. It aims to amplify the beauty of the desert environment while also creating a visual response to issues of great importance to today’s global citizenry.
Since 2017, Desert X has created a series of contemporary art exhibitions that bring desert locations to life through site-specific installations by acclaimed artists that address ecological, cultural, spiritual and other themes. In early 2020, Desert X had its inaugural exhibition in AlUla, and the beginning of Desert X AlUla. This was the first site-responsive exhibition of its kind in Saudi Arabia and the organisation’s first-ever exhibition outside of the United States.
As a historical crossroads, a centre of arts and culture, and home to innovative civilisations across the millennia, AlUla is the perfect locale for such a world-class art exhibit. Desert X AlUla is a cultural conversation between local, regional, and international artists, inviting audiences to engage with each work through physical, emotional, historical, and social lenses.