What Lies Within

Feb 11, 2022 - Mar 20, 2022

A groundbreaking array of artwork was on display in the award-winning Maraya from 11th February to 20th March 2022. What Lies Within brought together works from the past two decades by some of the most significant artists of Saudi Arabia and its diaspora from the private collection of Saudi female patron and collector Basma AlSulaiman.
 

What Lies Within
Saudi patron and collector Basma AlSulaiman shared her collection of incredible works from the past two decades by seventeen artists, curated by artist Lulwah AlHomoud. This collection preserved a remarkable visual record of Saudi heritage and reflected a journey in Saudi's public response to art. Spanning works on paper, painting, sculpture, photography, and installation, the varied exhibition conveyed the artists' and collector's connection to both local and global contemporary culture and showcased Saudi art on its own terms. The arts are a source of education and enrichment; Basma's collection held a remarkable visual record of the evolution of artistic forms.

What Lies Within Talks

19 March 2022 Craft, Material and Traditions in Contemporary Art

Artists Zahra AlGhamdi and Lulwah AlHomoud will discuss how the use of traditional, domestic and vernacular materials have created a strong and sustainable identity in Saudi Arabia’s contemporary art scene.

20 March 2022 Translation as an Art Practice

Artists Ayman Yossri Daydaban and Lulwah AlHomoud will reflect on the practices around investigating language and the reconstruction of existing ideas. While Daydban examines existing translations, searching for new meanings and contexts, AlHomoud is assigning new codes and forms to existing languages.

20 March 2022 Sculpting In Saudi

Noha Al Sharif and Saddek Wasil will reflect on their conceptual developments as sculptors. From influences such as Henry Moore, Saudi’s natural landscape and repurposing materials, both artists will reflect on their practice through the lens of materiality.

ABOUT MARAYA

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Maraya is a stunning piece of art set in the desert canyon of Ashar Valley. Designed to blend into the surrounding landscape, it rises from the sand like a mirage. The state-of-the-art structure is covered in 9,740 mirrored panels reflecting AlUla's beauty, making it the largest mirrored building in the world, according to Guinness World Records.

Maraya, meaning mirror or reflection in Arabic, celebrates AlUla's significant role in history as a crossroads of cultures for centuries. The mirrors themselves become a contemporary canvas, reflecting the remarkable heritage of the area. As the perfect modern ode to the past, Maraya is the centrepiece of AlUla's growing cultural scene. From spectacular concerts and thrilling performances to art residency programmes and arthouse films, AlUla is emerging as a cultural centre on a global scale.

Maraya

Maraya

Maraya

Andrea Bocelli Concert at Maraya January 21, 2022

Andrea Bocelli Concert at Maraya January 21, 2022

Omar Khairat Concert at Maraya January 14, 2022

Omar Khairat Concert at Maraya January 14, 2022

Ashar Valley

Ashar Valley

Maraya Lobby

Maraya Lobby

Platinum Box Concert Seating

Platinum Box Concert Seating

Maraya Concert Seating

Maraya Concert Seating

Maraya Concert Seating

Maraya Concert Seating

MARAYA SOCIAL BY JASON ATHERTON

Book your reservation now at Maraya Social, located atop AlUla's award-winning Maraya. Maraya Social is the passion project of the Michelin Star chef, Jason Atherton. Open for dinner from Wednesday to Saturday; the cuisine takes inspiration from AlUla with produce sourced from local farms, all served up in Atherton's signature style.

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Maraya Social by Jason Atherton

Maraya Social By Jason Atherton

Maraya Social By Jason Atherton

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Maraya Social Outdoor Dining

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Plan Your Trip To AlUla

Flying to AlUla

Saudia Airlines and flydubai fly into and out of AlUla International Airport (ULH). The newly renovated airport is located just 35 km (a 30-minute drive) from the city centre.

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What to Do

Unlock the secrets of this open-air museum, where an exciting collection of immersive experiences and activities bring its stories to life.

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Where to Eat

In AlUla there are many dining options to replenish your energy after a day of exploring. Casual to fine dining options are available.

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Where to Stay

Looking for a place to rest after a long day’s adventure? From high-end luxury to sustainable eco-resorts, AlUla offers a range of accommodation options.

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