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Qatar Museums: A series of exhibitions to keep you busy this autumn

Qatar Museums: A series of exhibitions to keep you busy this autumn

From September 2015 to January 2016, Qatar Museums, under the patronage of H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani will be showcasing the best that Qatar’s cultural scene has to offer. 

The Hunt: Princely Pursuits in Islamic Lands
Opening hours
Sunday           10:30 – 17:30
Monday          10:30 – 17:30
Tuesday         Closed
Wednesday    10:30 – 17:30
Thursday       12:00 – 20:00
Friday             14:00 – 20:00
Saturday        12:00 – 20:00

Rich with symbolism and pageantry, hunting was, and in some places continues to be, an essential activity in the lifestyle of princes, sultans and pashas throughout the Islamic world. As such, images of the hunt in almost every medium are commonly found in Islamic art, whether in lavishly illustrated Shahnameh manuscripts, inlaid metalwork or colourful mina’i ceramics. Frequently commissioned and exhibited for royal display, such artworks form a significant component of collections held by prominent Qatari and Turkish museums. This exhibition draws on such artworks to explore and celebrate hunting and the related activities of polo, feasting and fighting.

Museum of Islamic Art, Special Exhibitions Gallery, 1st Floor
16 September 2015 – 9 January 2016
Free entry

Luc Tuymans: Intolerance
Opening hours
Sunday           10:30 – 17:30
Monday          10:30 – 17:30
Tuesday         Closed
Wednesday    10:30 – 17:30
Thursday       12:00 – 20:00
Friday             14:00 – 20:00
Saturday        12:00 – 20:00

On October 19th, Qatar Museums will present a retrospective of the work of Luc Tuymans, the first solo show of the artist in the Gulf region.

The exhibition, Intolerance, a comprehensive survey of the artist’s work, will include a series of wall paintings and a new body of work, ‘The Arena’, created specifically for the show. Curated by Lynne Cooke, Senior Curator of Special Projects in Modern Art at the National Gallery of Art Washington, the exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue edited by Lynne Cooke and Tommy Simoens.

Belgian artist Luc Tuymans (b. 1958) is one of the key figures of a new generation of figurative painters, widely credited with having contributed to the revival of painting in the 1990s and recognised as one of the most important living painters today.

Al Riwaq Gallery
19 October 2015- 30 January 2016
Free entry

A series of events to celebrate the Qatar/Turkey Year of Culture

Celebrating the long-standing relationship between the two countries, the Qatar/Turkey Year of Culture aims to forge new and support existing partnerships in the arts, education and sport while promoting an awareness and appreciation of each country’s culture, achievements and heritage. Here are some of the latest events on offer in Doha to celebrate this rich programme of cultural exchange.

Artistic Journeys: New Angles, New perspectives
Opening hours
Daily from 06:00 am – 10:00 pm

This photography exhibition is a unique visual interpretation of this year’s Qatar/Turkey Year of Culture. Four photographers from two different Muslim nations documented theirs journeys as moments captured in time; engaging in an inspiring exchange of artistic discovery and cultural dialogue. The exhibition features works by Qatari photographers Sara Al Obaidly and Saleh Al Marri and Turkish photographers Prof. Ali Muhammet Bay and Hasan Yelken.

Qatar Photographic Society Building 18, Katara
1 – 30 September 2015
Free entry

Magnificent Century, The Exhibition, Special Edition: Harem Al Sultan
Opening hours
Sunday           Closed
Monday          10:00 – 20:00
Tuesday         10:00 – 20:00
Wednesday    10:00 – 20:00
Thursday       10:00 – 20:00
Friday             15:00 – 21:00
Saturday        10:00 – 20:00

The Magnificent Century series has become a television legend, a historical soap opera on the life of the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent that has now been watched by 300 million viewers in 54 countries. This unique exhibition brings the costumes, sets and ambiance of the series to Doha, revealing the stories behind the life of the Turkish conqueror and his love for the humble and beautiful Hurrem Sultan. Exhibition visitors will be transported back to the glorious world of Suleiman the Magnificent and see the artistry and craftsmanship that went into creating the iconic props and decors of the series.

QM Gallery, Building 10, Katara
17 September – 12 December 2015
Free entry

Turkish Treasures Gallery Trail

Turkey has played a major role in the arts and cultures of the Islamic world. From the rule of the Central Asian Saljuq Dynasty in the 11th century until the fall of the Ottoman Empire in the early 20th century, Turkey was the cradle as well as the crossroads of a rich variety of Islamic Art, made for sultans and viziers as well as ordinary patrons. This self-guided tour reveals the beautiful and significant works of Turkish Art in the collections of the Museum of Islamic Art. A tour pamphlet is available free of charge in Arabic and English at the museum.

Museum of Islamic Art
September 2015 onwards

Archaeology and Heritage Conservation in Turkey Lectures

This is a lecture series organised in partnership with UCL Qatar University, introducing the work of key Turkish experts in the fields of Archaeology and Heritage Conservation. Topics covered will include Neolithic cultures of Eastern Anatolia, the challenges of preserving World Heritage Sites of Bursa and Cumalikizik, and underwater archaeology in Turkey.

UCL Qatar, Education City/MIA
September –November 2015

Turkish Festival & Bazaar

A key part of the Qatar/Turkey 2015 Year of Culture and presented by Qatar Museums and the Ministry of Culture of Turkey, the Turkish Festival and Bazaar will celebrate the rich and varied cultures of Turkey in Qatar by putting on a weekend of events at MIA Park. The fun filled weekend will see performances by Turkey’s leading musicians and dancers, a Karagoz shadow play and workshop, calligraphy and marbling classes and exhibitions of photography and historic Turkish Film Posters. All this presented in a beautifully-conceived outdoor setting that will include a bazaar, Turkish tea house, stages, food stalls and a children’s area. This is one not to be missed.

MIA Park
28th – 31st October 2015

Guest Artist at the Fire Station Artist in Residence Project

The “Artist in Residence” at the Fire Station is scheduled to kick off in early September, and marks an important milestone in QM’s goal to provide support to the next generation of cultural producers and to help inspire an indigenous culture of creativity and innovation in Qatar. As part of the programme, award winning young Turkish artist Özgeçmiş Özkan Ari will complete a month-long guest residency at Qatar’s new artist development and residency centre. Ari’s work focuses on self-portraiture and fragmented images of the human body, and he draws inspiration from religion, history and popular culture. He will do a talk on his work at the end of the residency period.

Fire Station Building, Doha
4 October – 4 November 2015

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