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23-31 January 2019, Prince Sultan Hall (Building 101), Prince Sultan University, Riyadh

The Italian Embassy in Riyadh and Prince Sultan University are delighted to invite you to an exhibition curated by La Triennale di Milano and entitled “Trame d’acqua – The Shapes of Water”.

The exhibition will be inaugurated on 23 January 2019 by the Italian Ambassador to Riyadh, H.E. Luca Ferrari and the Rector of Prince Sultan University, dr. Ahmed bin Saleh Al Yamani, with a keynote speech by dr. Marco Sammicheli, International Relations Chief Officer at La Triennale di Milano.

The exhibition will be open to the public on a daily basis from 23 to 31 January 2019. Entrance is free but prior online registration is required at the following website:

The exhibition features social design and product design items by international designers, as well as artists from the wider Mediterranean region, related to different uses of water. It aims to address the issue of water scarcity and the sustainable use of water, both themes being of particular relevance nowadays.

The renowned Saudi artist and designer Noura Bouzo also contributed to the exhibition by creating an original item inspired by the traditional Islamic water filters in use many centuries ago across the Arab region. These water filters, which were beautifully decorated, were used to filter water, keep it cool, and preventing insects from falling in. They remind us of the importance of water and of not wasting it.

The exhibition “The Shapes of Water” is an example of the thriving cultural partnership between Italy and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and concludes a year-long cultural programme promoted by the Italian Embassy in Riyadh within the framework of the “Italy, Cultures and the Mediterranean”, a project aimed at fostering dialogue between Italy and the wider Mediterranean region in the cultural sector.

La Triennale di Milano is one of the most prestigious Italian cultural institution founded almost a century ago with the aim to promote art and design applied to everyday life. La Triennale di Milano will host its XXII international design exhibition, under the title Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival, from March to September 2019 in Milan (Italy).

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