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Aarnout Helb

How the Yellow Cow Found Its Green Box

BY CHIN-CHIN YAP

Portrait of Aarnout Helb. Copyright Greenbox Museum, Amsterdam. 

I met Aarnout Helb in late January at 21,39, a weeklong program of contemporary art exhibitions, education and open studios in Jeddah intended to foster international interest in contemporary Saudi Arabian art. Among a colorful congregation of artists, collectors and gallerists was an intriguing figure who introduced himself as the founder and director of an Amsterdam museum dedicated to contemporary art from Saudi Arabia. Happily for me, this seemingly fantastical notion turned out to be…

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