Art collective teamLab, which has set the Guinness World Records for the world’s most visited museum, is coming to Saudi Arabia with the new teamLab Borderless Jeddah. Hamed bin Mohammed Fayez, Vice Minister of Culture, Saudi Arabia, and teamLab founder Toshiyuki Inoko officially inaugurated the site for the first permanent teamLab Borderless museum in the Middle East, which will be created by a team of artists, architects, programmers, and CG animators.
Located in the Red Sea coastal city of Jeddah, the teamLab Borderless Jeddah is under construction on the shores of Al-Arbaeen Lagoon overlooking the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Historic Jeddah. The immersive museum will comprise over 50 artworks spread across its expansive spaces, including “Borderless World,” “Athletics Forest,” and “Future Park.” It will also feature an entirely new installation created exclusively for Jeddah.
“Nurturing creativity and unleashing new forms of expression is at the heart of our cultural vision for Saudi Arabia. The concept of ‘borderless’, which sees art transcend boundaries and disciplines, resonates deeply with our efforts to build global bridges and enhance cultural understanding amongst citizens, residents, and visitors,” said Mohammed Fayez in a statement.
“Jeddah is one of the leading global cities in the Middle East with a profound history and rich cultural legacy. We are honored to be inaugurating the site of teamLab Borderless Jeddah on the banks of Al-Arbaeen Lagoon, an exceptional location facing the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Historic Jeddah,” added Toshiyuki Inoko, Founder, teamLab.
The teamLab Borderless museum in Tokyo, launched in 2018, recorded nearly 2.3 million visitors in its first year from over 160 countries and regions worldwide, a milestone touted as the world’s most visited museum dedicated to a single group or artist by Guinness World Records.