JEDDAH: An exhibition that uses digital technology to revive the
region’s ancient sites and civilizations that have been destroyed
or are under threat due to conflict and terrorism opened at the
National Museum in Riyadh on April 18.
“Age-Old Cities” tells the story of four historically
significant cities that have been devastated by violence: Mosul in
Iraq, Palmyra and Aleppo in Syria, and Leptis Magna in Libya.
Using stunning giant-screen projections, virtual reality,
archival documents and images, and video testimonials from
inhabitants of the affected sites, the immersive exhibition
transports visitors back in time and presents the cities as they
were in their prime.
It charts their journey from the origins of their ancient
civilizations to their modern-day state, and presents plans for
their restoration and repair.
The exhibition has been organized by the Ministry of Culture in
collaboration with the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris. Riyadh is
the first stop outside the French capital on the exhibition’s
The exhibition follows last month’s unveiling of the
Kingdom’s new cultural vision, which included the announcement of
several initiatives, including a new residency scheme for
international artists to practice in the Kingdom and the
establishment of the Red Sea International Film Festival.
Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud, minister of
culture, said: “I am delighted to welcome the ‘Age-Old
Cities’ exhibition to Riyadh.
“It highlights the importance of heritage preservation,
particularly here in the Middle East, and the vulnerability of some
of our historic sites.
“It must be the responsibility of governments to put an end to
this damage and neglect, and to put heritage at the heart of
action, investment, and policy.
“I will be encouraging my fellow members of government to
attend this eye-opening exhibition in our National Museum, and hope
to work in the future with partners, governments and experts to do
what we can to secure our region’s heritage.”
The exhibition carries a significant message about the
importance of preserving and protecting these precious but fragile
sites — one which resonates strongly in the week when one of the
world’s most-famous heritage sites, Paris’ Notre-Dame
Cathedral, went up in flames.
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‘Age-Old Cities’ exhibition in Riyadh museum breathes new life into ancient sites