A new season of dynamic and exciting exhibitions and events will take place in Doha this fall, Qatar Museums (QM) has announced.
QM, under the patronage of its chairperson, HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, worked with leading artists and institutions from around the world to bring a series of evocative and inspiring shows to audiences in Qatar.
Triumphant Scale, the largest ever survey mounted of the work of the acclaimed artist El Anatsui (born 1994, Ghana), perhaps Africa’s most prominent living artist, will go on view at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art from October 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020.
As the exhibition title suggests, the survey, curated by the late Okwui Enwezor, former director of Haus der Kunst and Chika Okeke-Agulu, professor of Art History at the Department of Art and Archeology, Princeton University, will focus on the triumphant and monumental quality of Anatsui’s sculptures.
The exhibition will encompass every medium in the artist’s prodigious fifty-year career, including the signature bottle-cap series developed over the last two decades; wood sculptures and wall reliefs spanning the mid-1970s to the late 1990s; ceramic sculptures of the late 1970s; as well as drawings, prints and books.
The exhibition is organised by Haus der Kunst, Munich in co-operation with Mathaf, the Kunstmuseum Bern and Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Following its showing at Mathaf, the exhibition will tour to the Kunstmuseum Bern (March 13 to June 21, 2020); and then to Guggenheim Bilbao (July 17 to November 1, 2020).
He eats alone, on view at the Garage Gallery at Doha’s Fire Station: Artist in Residence from October 25, 2019 to January 18, 2020, will trace the influence of KAWS on the international contemporary art field.
Curated by Germano Celant, the exhibition will explore the artist’s vast oeuvre, including paintings, sculptures, toys, and products. Much of the exhibition will focus on the impact of KAWS’ public sculptures and installations, both in Qatar and abroad.
The National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) will present an exhibition from October 15, 2019 to January 15, 2020, surveying the work of Jean Schlumberger (1907–1987), who transformed 20th century fashion with his creative designs for highly sculptural, vibrant, and imaginative jewelry and accessories inspired by natural forms.
KAWS: He eats alone exhibition will explore the artist’s vast oeuvre, including paintings, sculptures, toys, and products
The exhibition, titled Magnificent Jewels of Jean Schlumberger: From the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) Collection, includes more than 100 pieces of jewellery and accessories. It debuted in 2017 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (USA) and has since travelled to The Museum of Fine Art in St Petersburg, Florida and The National Museum of China in Beijing.
After emerging as a popular costume jeweller in Parisian high society in the late 1930s, Schlumberger opened an independent shop in New York City.
Within a decade, he had earned a devoted clientele and his own salon at Tiffany & Co’s iconic Fifth Avenue headquarters.
Magnificent Jewels of Jean Schlumberger: From the VMFA Collection, includes more than 100 pieces of jewellery and accessories.
As a signature designer for the American luxury jewellery firm for more than 30 years, Schlumberger became well known for his interpretations of animal and botanical subjects, particularly marine life and flowers, which are among the highlights of the Rachel Lambert Mellon Collection at VMFA, the largest and most comprehensive public collection of jewellery and art objects by Schlumberger.
Dr Michael R Taylor, chief curator and deputy director for Art and Education, VMFA, and Kristie Couser, curatorial assistant for Works on Paper, The Clark Art Institute, have organised this exhibition.
In celebration of the 2019 Qatar – India Year of Culture, the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) will present an exhibition on magnificent gems and jewellery from India.
Set in Stone:
Gems and Jewels from Royal Indian Courts, scheduled from October 23, 2019 to January 18, 2020, will showcase more than 100 spectacular pieces from across QM’s collection, including many masterpieces that have never been displayed before.
Drawing from MIA’s permanent collection, the NMoQ and QM’s Orientalist Collection, this exhibition will bring together a splendid array of jewellery, jewelled objects, works on paper, and photography, including highlights such as MIA’s famous gold and gem-set falcon and the brilliant diamond necklace from Varanasi.
An array of jewellery, jewelled objects, works on paper, and photography will be showcased at the 'Set in Stone: Gems and Jewels from Royal Indian Courts' exhibition at MIA
Whether left in their natural state, carved, or set within gold, precious stones adorned a variety of objects that came to be associated with the wealthy elite, Emperors and Maharajas.
Spectacularly opulent, these objects defined Indian luxury. The exhibition’s journey begins with ancient mines and ends with contemporary Qatari jewellery.
Starting with “Precious Stones”, the visitor discovers the cultural and economic significance of stones in India before then experiencing the rich role gems play within the “Court and Ceremony” of the Mughal Empire.
The third section, “Beyond the Court” shows the personal, private and devotional function of jewellery, highlighting the amazing diversity of craftsmanship across India. Lastly, “Qatar Connection: Pearls for Gold” illustrates the longstanding cultural and commercial ties between Qatar and India, as seen through jewellery.
Set in Stone is curated by Dr Tara Desjardins, with the support of Nicoletta Fazio, Reem Aboughazala, Tamadur Tariq al-Shamlan.