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Iwona Blazwick to Oversee Saudi Arabia’s Wadi Al Fann

Iwona Blazwick, the former longtime director of London’s Whitechapel Gallery, has been appointed chair of the Royal Commission for AlUla’s Public Art Expert Panel. As part of the Saudi government’s Vision 2030 initiative aimed at diversifying the Saudi economy and establishing a more progressive cultural profile for the country, AlUla, a northwestern Saudi desert region along the historic Silk Road and Incense Route and home to the Hegra UNESCO World Heritage Site, is being remade into an arts hub. In her new role, Blazwick will be responsible for overseeing the installation of a series of monumental, site-specific works in the newly mapped-out Wadi AlFann, or “Valley of the Arts,” a 25-square-mile portion of AlUla known for its majestic rock formations and broad sandy expanses.
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Iwona Blazwick appointed Chair of the Royal Commission for AlUla’s Public Art Expert Panel

AlUla’s Public Art Expert Panel have appointed Iwona Blazwick as chair of the Royal Commission. She will oversee a series of large-scale, site-specific permanent commissions in Wadi AlFann, an area in the northwesterly region of AlUla, Saudi Arabia, as part of what she describes as a ‘much bigger cultural master plan which involves archaeology and shining a spotlight on prehistoric and historic civilisations such as the Nabataeans’.
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Whitechapel Gallery Director Iwona Blazwick to Step Down

Iwona Blazwick, who has led London’s Whitechapel Gallery for two decades, will leave her post there in April. She will remain affiliated with the gallery into 2023 as an independent curator. Known for her commitment to cutting-edge art and for commissioning new works from highly touted artists, Blazwick was named to the Order of the British Empire in 2008 for her services to art. She doubled Whitechapel’s footprint the following year and over the next decade strengthened the gallery’s already distinguished programming with solo exhibitions of artists such as Isa Genzken, Hannah Höch, and Sarah Lucas, and group shows including “Back to Black: Art, Cinema, and the Racial Imaginary” (2005) and “Electronic Superhighway (2016–1966)” (2016), the latter spawning a number of post-internet-themed exhibitions. In 2005, she inaugurated the Max Mara Art Prize for Women, reflecting her career-spanning commitment to elevating art by women. Several of the award’s recipients went on to win the Turner Prize, considered one of the UK’s most prestigious distinctions.
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