RCU & Centre Pompidou to establish AlUla contemporary art museum

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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Saudi Arabia’s Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) has signed a partnership program agreement with France’s Centre Pompidou, a museum and centre for the visual arts of the 20th and 21st centuries.

The program aims to expand cultural cooperation in preparation for the establishment of the contemporary art museum in AlUla by 2027.

The new executive program agreement is based on the principles of a long-term partnership, focusing on the exchange of expertise, skills transfer, and building a comprehensive cooperation strategy to enhance and preserve arts, culture, science, and heritage for mutual benefit.

The program provides an opportunity to develop cultural cooperation between the RCU and Centre Pompidou, establishing a framework for priorities, new proposals, and collaborative activities in the coming years.

Through a defined technical and organizational strategy, the program enables the exchange, acquisition, lending, and exhibition of artworks and handicrafts between the RCU and the French center. It also promotes various scientific and cultural initiatives that rely on the participation of unique shared elements.

The new program complements the agreement signed between the RCU and Centre Pompidou last March, which aimed to develop the contemporary art museum in AlUla over several stages, leading to its planned opening in 2027.

The RCU has made great strides in its plan to establish the new museum, including the appointment of Ms. Lina Ghotmeh as the lead architect for the museum’s design.

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