Art that transcends time and space at Qatar Museum's spring shows
January 27 2020 09:50 PM
Danse Macabre 2018 Wicker, 320 x 738 x 738 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery.
Danse Macabre 2018 Wicker, 320 x 738 x 738 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery.

Qatar Museums (QM) will present an array of exhibitions in spring 2020 at four of its institutions in the nation’s capital, offering residents and visitors exceptional opportunities to enjoy artworks and artifacts that span centuries and the globe.
Drawn from the holdings of QM, along with major loans, the exhibitions present renowned treasures assembled over the years by two outstanding collectors in the Gulf region, survey the achievements of two important contemporary women artists of Arab background, and provide stunning insights into the creative life of one of the greatest artists of the modern era.


Gold plaque with enamel decoration framing the bust of Heracles. Central Asia or Black Sea region, Hellenistic period


Huguette Caland, Mustache, Green Faces, acrylic and pen on canvas. Courtesy of the artist. (2011)


Pablo Picasso, Studies, Paris, 1920, Oil on canvas, 100 x 81 cm, Musée national Picasso - Paris, Dation Pablo Picasso, 1979. MP65. © Succession Picasso 2020. Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée national Picasso-Paris) / Adrien Didierjean.



Sheikh Saud with the beira antelope by Richard Avedon Doha, 2000 80 x 100 cm. Gelatin silver print collection of Sheikh Saud bin Mohamed Foundation, Qatar


Abd Al Wahed al-Mawlawi (b. 1950, Doha), The Bisht Maker, 1965. Oil on Canvas

“These fascinating and remarkably diverse new exhibitions perfectly express the mission of Qatar Museums to serve the people of our nation while reaching out to the public everywhere. We strive to increase appreciation of the deep and varied artistic heritage of Qatar and its region, and at the same time provide opportunities to engage with manifold forms of contemporary culture here and around the world. It is a pleasure to welcome everyone to explore the wonders these exhibitions offer,” QM chairperson HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani said.

A Falcon’s Eye: Tribute to Sheikh Saoud al-Thani at the Museum of Islamic Art will be open to the public from March 25, 2020 to January 2, 2021. It celebrates the outstanding accomplishments of one of Qatar’ greatest collectors who was largely responsible for laying the foundation for QM’s world class collections.
The exhibition showcases more than 300 outstanding art works from prehistoric fossils and Egyptian antiquities to Orientalist paintings and masterpieces of the history of photography in a spectacular display following the concept of ancient (Renaissance) “cabinet of curiosities”, reflecting Sheikh Saoud’s fascination with both natural history and the art world.

Splendours of the Ancient East: Antiquities from the al-Sabah Collection at the National Museum of Qatar (March 26 to July 1, 2020) showcases around 170 priceless objects in gold, silver, glass, and precious stones collected by Sheikh Nasser Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah and Sheikha Hussa al-Salem al-Sabah of Kuwait. It reveals the continuity of artistic themes and motifs from ancient Arabia and central Asia into the Islamic period.
Yto Barrada: My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nougat at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art (March 24 to August 26, 2020) is the first solo exhibition in the Gulf region of the remarkably varied and conceptually challenging work of Barrada (b. 1971) in photography, video, sculpture, and installation made between 2009 and 2019.
Huguette Caland: Faces and Places at Mathaf (March 24 to August 26, 2020) is an overview of four decades of the joyously sensuous paintings, drawings, sculptures, and clothing designs of Caland (1931-2019), including a selection of never-before exhibited drawings and the artist’s first caftan.

Lived Forward: Art and Culture in Doha from 1960-2020 (March 24 – August 26) is an exhibition that looks at reference points of generations of artists, intellectuals and cultural activists who played a major role in activating the cultural scene in Doha for more than half a century.
Making connections between art histories and the museum collection, the show presents the work of key artists and figures through the display of paintings, archival materials, photography, video, and installation that survey the development of modern and contemporary art and cultural practices in Qatar.

Lived Forward is part of the series titled Focus: Works from Mathaf Collection. The show will focus on artists including: Saleh Taher, Faiq Hassan, Gazbia Sirry, Adam Henein, Ibrahim al-Salahi, Khalifa al-Qattan, Jassim Zaini, Dia Azzawi, Abdulwahid al-Mawlawi, Hassan al-Mulla, Youssef Ahmad, Wafika Sultan al-Essa, Faraj Daham, Mohamed Ali Abdulah, Saif al-Kuwari, Ali Hassan, Salman al-Malik, Hassan bin Mohammed al-Thani, Wafa al-Hamed, Aisha al-Misned, Sophia al-Maria, Bouthayna al-Muftah, Sara al-Obaidly.

Picasso’s Studios at Fire Station Artist in Residence (March 15 to July 1, 2020) is an exhibition that brings visitors imaginatively into the series of workspaces where Pablo Picasso achieved his creative breakthroughs, as seen through major artworks drawn from the collection of the Musée National Picasso in Paris.
Picasso’s Studios is among the components of the Qatar-France 2020 Year of Culture, fostering cultural exchange and mutual understanding between the two nations.

The exhibitions will be on view during the annual #QatarCreates gathering in Doha from March 24 to 27, in which distinguished international guests and Qatar’s leading artistic and cultural innovators mingle at exhibitions, events, and a variety of special activities.
Further information on #QatarCreates will be announced at a later date. All six of the new QM exhibitions will be open to the public into summer 2020, with A Falcon’s Eye exhibition remaining on view into the new year.

Last updated: January 29 2020 11:10 AM


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