La Caixa Foundation, Barcelona



After the great successes achieved by the “Saudi Archeological Masterpieces through the Ages” exhibition that was hosted by the Louvre Museum in Paris and opened to public for more than two and a half months, SCTH moved the exhibition to Spain, where it was hosted by the La Caixa Foundation in Barcelona, from 12th November 2010 to 27th February, 2011.
The idea behind the exhibition's world tour was derived from the Royal directives for holding this exhibition in a number of renowned museums in Europe and the USA to confirm the historical status of the Kingdom as well as demonstrate to the world the cultural dimension of the Kingdom represented through its antiquities and particular importance in understanding the episodes of human history, in addition to the Kingdom's international economic and political weights.

The exhibition included 320 artifacts that were shown first time outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. These artifacts were drawn from the National Museum in Riyadh, the Museum of King Saud University and a number of other museums across the country. Some of these were also drawn from the recent archaeological excavations that were carried out in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The exhibition contained a number of rare antiquities from the Kingdom with exceptional value and extraordinary importance, shown for the first time outside the country. The artifacts covered different archeological periods, which extend from the Old Stone Age until the rebirth of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The long period of history included the Stone Age. the slavery period (fifth millennium BC), the Delmun period, the early Arab kingdoms, the intermediate Arab kingdoms, the Prophet's period, the Umayyads and Abbasids, the mid and late Islamic era, finally the unification of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the subsequent development and prosperity evident in all walks of life, particularly in the service of the Two Holy Mosques.
La Caixa Foundation of Barcelona, Spain, enjoys extensive experience in organizing exhibitions; where it has, since 1991 organized a number of important exhibitions on the ancient civilizations. The most important being the exhibitions on the Iberians (Spanish or Portuguese), the exhibition of the Western Princes, the Tibetan Art Gallery, the Egyptian Millennium Exhibition (Africa... magic and power, the Forgotten Empire), the exhibition of the ancient Persians and the exhibition - Between East and West.

It is worth mentioning that the organization of these archaeological exhibitions outside the Kingdom falls under the great attention paid by the country's leadership to human communication, and the increasing role of the Kingdom in the international community in the light its status in Islam as the home of the Two Holy Mosques, in addition to economic weight and its geographical location, which throughout the human history has positioned it as a major hub of economic and cultural relations between the East and the West through the times.
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