40 years ago, Jeddah mayor Mohamed Said Farsi transformed his city through an urban development scheme that placed contemporary art at its core. This was public art on a grand scale, designed ‘to bring delight to the citizen, to give a sense of wonder and stir a sense of history’.
About the Author
Chris Dercon is a Belgian art historian and curator. He is former director of Haus der Kunst in Munich and Tate Modern in London. In 2017 he became the intendant of the Volksbühne Berlin but resigned in April 2018. In July 2020, he was appointed to the Visual Arts Authority in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
About the Publisher
Edward Booth-Clibborn has edited and published many books, including The History of the Saatchi Gallery, Edge of Arabia, and The Splendor of Iran. Fady Jameel is a patron of the arts who has made it his mission to ensure the preservation of the sculptures of Jeddah for future generations.