Posted on November 05, 2014

This November, a number of dynamic and exciting exhibitions and events are coming to venues across Doha in a celebration of art, creativity and heritage. Presented by Qatar Museums under the visionary guidance of its Chairperson, HE Shaikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the autumn programme presents a valuable bridge between cultures, honouring the traditions of the past while embracing the future by nurturing emerging artistic talent here in Qatar. Here are a few of the programme highlights:

New permanent collection opening at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art

Mathaf Collection, Summary, Part 1, which just opened on Saturday 1st November, will see Mathaf dedicate the whole of the first floor of the museum to a new display of its permanent collection. The exhibition presents over 100 artists from the museum’s collection of more than 8,000 works, that continues to grow with new acquisitions and commissions from Mathaf exhibitions. The exhibition includes work from Qatar and the Arab world, Iran, Turkey and other regions historically connected to the Arab Peninsula, reflecting a multitude of artistic directions and contexts. This exhibition also contributes to developing research into the collection and its interconnections with contemporary cultures that is also present online in the Encyclopedia of Modern Art and the Arab World, developed by Mathaf.

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art is located at Education City, Al Huqoul St, Doha, Qatar

Opening times

Sunday 11:00 - 18:00

Monday               Closed

Tuesday               11:00 - 18:00

Wednesday        11:00 – 18: 00

Thursday             11:00 – 18: 00

Friday                   15:00 – 20: 00

Saturday              11:00 – 18: 00

Shirin Neshat visits Doha

Just one week later, opening on Sunday 9th November and running until Sunday 15th February, 2015, Mathaf will present Afterwards, the first solo exhibition in the Middle East by the internationally acclaimed Iranian artist Shirin Neshat.

This major show introduces a group of new and existing produced works as well as the photographic series, The Book of Kings (2011); Our House is on Fire (2013) as well as the video installation, Turbulent (1998) that comment on historical, cultural and political realities on which the artist has focused on for the past 30 years. As viewers move through the galleries, the confrontation with the subjects portrayed becomes inevitable and provokes an emotional tension that places them closer to the artist’s perspective when she took the photographs.

On the same day, Shirin will be joining Abdellah Karroum, Director of Mathaf for a public discussion about her exhibition at CIMAM 2014 Annual conference, the most important forum for communication, co-operation and information exchange between museums, professionals, visual arts workers and artists within modern and contemporary art practice. Join her at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art at Qatar Foundation on 9th November to hear about the exhibition in her own words from 3:30pm.

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Henna Night at Souq Waqif Arts Center

To celebrate the opening of Shirin Neshat’s Afterwards exhibition, a special, one-off Henna night is being held on Friday 7th November between 5:00pm and 9:00pm at the Souq Waqif Arts Centre. Visitors and passersby will be treated to a number of unique henna designs to choose from, drawn by professional Henna artists and inspired by select pieces of Shirin’s art. The evening is completely free and visitors can experience Shirin’s work though this beautiful form of body art whilst experiencing traditional Qatari culture in the heart of the Souq.

Yousef Ahmad exhibition

Don’t miss the exhibition Yousef Ahmad: Story of ingenuity, coming to the Qatar Museums Gallery in Katara on Tuesday 11th November and running until Saturday 14th February 2015. As a pioneer of Qatar’s modern art movement, Yousef Ahmad’s artistic journey has spanned over three decades, and his work has been influenced by his surroundings and emotional ties with Qatar’s culture and traditions. This exhibition highlights the Qatari artists’ body of work through a precise selection of his most striking artworks from his early works in 1970s until today. It showcases three phases in Yousef Ahmad’s artistic career, from the early oil paintings that include the historic depiction of Al Zubarah Fort, to his mixed media calligraphic pieces to his new conceptual artworks presenting his ability in developing an innovative artistic style.

The Yousef Ahmad exhibition is located at the QM Gallery, Building 10, Katara.

Opening times

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

Exhibitions at the Museum of Islamic Art

Finally, be sure not to miss two must see exhibitions at the Museum of Islamic Art this month:

Building Our Collection: Mughal and Safavid Albums

17 September 2014 – 21 February 2015

4th floor Temporary Exhibition Gallery

Showcasing the museum's collection of miniatures and calligraphy, this exhibition reveals the journey of artistic refinement from the Middle East to Asia and Europe across the centuries. It allows visitors to understand the significance of Islamic art collecting and how this part of MIA's collection was formed.

The Tiger's Dream: Tipu Sultan

29 September 2014 – 24 January 2015

1st floor Special Exhibitions Gallery

Drawn entirely from the MIA collection, this exhibition delves into the life and times of Tipu Sultan, the South Indian ruler, statesman, and patron. Featuring a selection of objects that reflect Tipu’s image as the ‘Tiger of Mysore,’ the main highlight of the exhibition is a rare display of 24 paintings showing Tipu’s victory at the Battle of Pollilur in 1780.

The Museum of Islamic Art is located on the Corniche.

Opening times

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