Our family and some colleagues were thrilled to visit the private gallery and museum of Saudi artist Safeya Binzagr.  She is one of Saudi Arabia’s premier artists.  Her paintings capture the essence of Saudi Arabia, as well as the city of Jeddah.  Although one may not associate Saudi Arabia with art, and certainly not a female artist, as we have come to learn in our few months in Saudi – this place is full of surprises and unexpected finds.  It is simply a matter of seeking in the right places and knowing the right people – there is certainly an art and music scene here.  Regardless of external perception, and the official stance of the Saudi Royal family, the desire of individuals to express themselves and the need to create can never be quenched.

The Building

The building itself is an architectural gem. Darat Safeya BinzagrIt consists of a museum that displays Safeya Binzagr’s personal work as well as her collection, a private studio, a teaching studio, a library dedicated to the study of Saudi and other art, and some other display halls.  It is really impressive and we all had a great time.  One of the most impressive parts of the visit was the visit to Safeya’s private studio, where she creates these amazing works of art.  For those who wish to learn more about this fascinating place, have a look at their website.  Also, check out the reviews on TripAdvisor, where this attraction is listed as one of the main attraction in Jeddah.  Here are a few photos from our outing…

 

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