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The Middle East’s First TeamLab Borderless Museum to Open in Historic Jeddah

This summer, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia will get its own TeamLab Borderless Museum, which will be the famed attraction’s first Middle East location.

TeamLab Borderless Museum

Forest of Resonating Lamps – One Stroke. Photo: Courtesy of TeamLab

Renowned Japanese art collective TeamLab is bringing a new digital art museum to the Middle East, in partnership with the Saudi Ministry of Culture. Slated to open this summer, TeamLab Borderless Museum will be located in the Historic District of Jeddah, and bring its signature immersive installations from the Tokyo location closer to home.

The museum will be built over an area of 10,000 square meters and will overlook Lake Al-Arbaeen, while offering stunning views of Historic Jeddah, the Unesco World Heritage Site. Dubbed the first permanent museum of its kind in the Middle East, TeamLab Borderless Jeddah will feature artworks that “move out of rooms, communicate with other works, influence, and sometimes intermingle with each other with no boundaries, forming one borderless world.” Visitors can expect to see over 80 independent yet interlinked works, particularly, Borderless World, Athletics Forest, Future Park, Forest of Lamps, and En Tea House.

A rendering of the TeamLab Borderless Jeddah

Borderless World is known to house artworks that “form connections and relationships with people, and possess the same concept of time as the human body,” while Athletics Forest is a “creative athletic space based on the concept of understanding the world through the body and thinking about the world three-dimensionally.” The Future Park is equally noteworthy, as it is said to be “an experimental educational project based on the concept of collaborative creation (co-creation),” and as for the Forest of Lamps, it is an “artwork, in which lamps are seemingly scattered in a random manner, is composed of resonating light that changes based on the relationship between the people in the artwork space.”

Elsewhere in the Middle East, TeamLab is gearing up for the launch of a different attraction in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Currently at 70% completion, the purpose-built structure is a 17,000-square-meter experiential art space in Saadiyat Cultural District, said to ignite “curiosity, imagination, and creativity in all who visit.”

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