mona khazindar

Nominated as Director General of the Institut du monde arabe in Paris (Arab World Institute) by decision of its board of directors on March 21, 2011, Saudi Mona Khazindar graduated in Comparative literature from the American University in Paris and later obtained her postgraduate degree in Contemporary and Modern History from the Sorbonne.

Responsible of the 'Department of Contemporary Art and Photography' in the museum of the Institut du monde arabe from 19872011, she has curated numerous exhibitions. In charge also of its permanent collection of modern and contemporary art comprising around 400 artworks, she managed its setting up in the Institut as well as in the different museums and cultural institutions on the occasion of its frequent loans.

Author of several books and numerous articles on art and Arab artists, she also published catalogues and books accompanying the exhibitions she curated. She is regularly invited to participe in forums and conferences worldwide.

Lately, she has been appointed co-curator of the first Saudi Pavilion in the 54th edition of the Venice Biennale and was chosen as a nominator for the twelfth cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Since 2000, she is vice-president of 'Al-Mansouria Foundation for Culture and Creativity', a Saudi non-profit cultural foundation which aims to promote Saudi and Arab contemporary art.

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