The Roads of Arabia: Masterpieces of Antiquities in Saudi Arabia across the Ages Exhibition opens in Rome on Tuesday


The Roads of Arabia: Masterpieces of Antiquities in Saudi Arabia across the Ages Exhibition opens in Rome on Tuesday 
Under the patronage of HRH the minister of culture and the Italian minister of culture

Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan and His Excellency Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism Dario Franceschini are scheduled on Tuesday (November 25, 2019) to open the “Roads of Arabia: Masterpieces of Antiquities in Saudi Arabia across the Ages” Exhibition, which is organised by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage in partnership with the Kingdom's Ministry of Culture and cooperation with the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism at the National Roman Museum in the Italian capital Rome. 

The exhibition is held in Rome on its 17th station for three months under the patronage of Saudi Aramco Company. 

16 international and local stations
Over the past years, mainly since July 13, 2010, the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage has organised the “Roads of Arabia: Masterpieces of Antiquities in Saudi Arabia across the Ages” Exhibition in 16 international and local stations, where it toured the most famous museums in the world and presented distinguished shows to a large number of diverse archaeological pieces of exceptional value for the first time outside the Kingdom, as part of the Kingdom's international presence and is Islamic status for housing the Two Holy Mosques, as well as its economic role and effect in human relations, due to its renowned geographical location that formed a main pillar in cultural and economic fields between the East and West and a bridge for civil communication through ages and among several civilizations of the old world, where the exhibition included more than 460 archaeological pieces that are showcased at National Museum in Riyadh and other museums in the Kingdom. 

The first station of the “Roads of Arabia Masterpieces of Antiquities in Saudi Arabia across the Ages” Exhibition was held at the Louvre Museum in Paris, followed by la Caixa Foundation in Barcelona, Spain, then the Hermitage Museum in Petersburg, in Russia, and Pergamon Museum in Berlin, Germany. It was also held at Sakler Museum in Washington DC, followed by Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh, then the Fine Art Museum in Huston, Texas, followed by the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri, and at Asian Arts Museum in San Francisco.

Later, the exhibition moved to Asia upon the request of several museums, where it was held at the National Museum in Beijing, where King Salman and His Excellency Chinese President Xi Jinping attended its conclusion ceremony on March 16, 2017, before heading to the National Museum in Seoul, the National Museum in Tokyo. The exhibition was later inaugurated at the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum in the UAE, before opening the exhibition at the Benaki Museum in Greece on March 20, 2019.

In addition, the exhibition was held at two domestic stations, where the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz – May his soul rest in peace – opened the expo at the Aramco-affiliated King Abdulaziz Centre for World Culture in Dhahran on December 1, 2016. The expo was also held at the National Museum in Riyadh as part of exhibitions accompanying the first forum of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia antiquities, which was organised by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage between Safar 17 – 19, 1439 hijri, corresponding to November 7 – 9, 2017 in Riyadh.  

The exhibition arrived in Rome as part of a series of joint exhibitions and activities between the two countries in the fields of antiquities, heritage and culture. 

More information is available on the exhibition's website on the link: http://roadsofarabia.sa/,
In addition, information can be found on the website of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage: www.scth.gov.sa