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Garden of the Palais Royal : Robert Polidori : AlUla


The Parisian public and visitors to Paris are invited to discover AlUla, this region located in the north-west of Saudi Arabia, through 26 exceptional photographs by Canadian photographer Robert Polidori.

These photographs pay homage to the extraordinary natural and cultural heritage of AlUla which brings together some of the most important archaeological sites in the world, including the Nabataean site of Hegra, the first UNESCO World Heritage site in Saudi Arabia.

Located on the historic caravan route that crossed the Arabian Peninsula for millennia, the oasis of AlUla, one of the largest in northwest Arabia, has seen a succession of civilizations for over 8,000 years. It is a region that invites you on a journey through time, of which this exhibition offers a foretaste.

Robert Polidori is one of the world’s most famous habitat and human environment photographers. Author of large-format color photographs with meticulous detail, his images conjure up both past history and present times, within the limits of a simple frame. About his experience at AlUla, Polidori said: “I was struck by the extraordinary natural beauty of AlUla. I tried to capture what I call iconic images, showing the whole through the details and vice versa, the goal being to achieve a timeless image. ”

In 2019, AlUla was the subject of a major exhibition “AlUla, wonder of Arabia” at the Institut du Monde Arabe.

The exhibition will be presented from October 29 to November 30, free of charge, in the garden of the Palais Royal, open to the public every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.



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