Tinari will work with a team that includes Wejdan Reda, curator and founder of Sahaba Art Consultancy; Shixuan Luan, curator at UCCA; and Neil Zhang, assistant curator at UCCA.
“The Ad-Diriyah Biennale will offer a new platform for exchange between the Saudi and international art worlds, as well as an unprecedented chance for broad audiences in the Kingdom to encounter global contemporary art,” Tinari said in a statement.
The new biennale is part of an ambitious initiative to diversify Saudi’s economy and create a more progressive image of the country, as outlined in the government’s Vision 2030 plan. Earlier this year the Ministry initiated a slew of creative projects intended to raise the country’s cultural credentials, among them Desert X AlUla, a California-based art biennial that opened its first edition in the Saudi desert in February to a mixed reception from international critics. The AlUla development plan also includes the construction of eight museums and a nature reserve.