Posted on September 17, 2015

"Harem Al Sultan: The Exhibition" opened today in a grand ceremony attended by HE Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari, Minister of Culture Arts and Heritage, leading talent from the popular TV series and executives from Dogus Group, TIMS Productions, Istanbul Entertainment Group and DFI as part of the activities of the Qatar Turkey 2015 Year of Culture. The opening took place in QM Gallery Building 10 in Katara amidst throngs of die-hard fans of the series who came to see the actors in person.

Evocative, entertaining and impressive "Harem Al Sultan: The Exhibition" takes visitors on a journey through the palace of "Harem Al Sultan" to experience what it felt like to be living in an era of greatness and dangerous ambitions. From very first episodes to unforgettable scenes, the large multimedia exhibition will present the original décor, costumes and accessories used during the show. Guests will get an up close and personal look at the artistry and craftsmanship that went into creating the iconic props and costumes that appeared throughout the famous series illustrating the life and times of Suleiman the Magnificent.

Safiya Al Hajari, Director of the Office of Strategic Cultural Relations, said: “This is the first time the exhibition will be leaving Istanbul and Qatar Museums is delighted to be hosting such an important exhibition that has educated millions of people on the historic and cultural significance of the Ottoman Empire as part of the Qatar Turkey 2015 Year of Culture.”

When "Harem Al Sultan" first broadcasted in 2011, nobody expected that the Ottoman Empire would be conquering the world again, yet after the first season it quickly became a phenomenon. From Italy to China, airing in more than 54 countries, the show has reached more than 200 million viewers worldwide. Ever since the show introduced Alexandra, as a slave girl to Suleiman the Magnificent, to her moments of becoming Huyam, possibly the most powerful women in the whole Ottoman Empire, the small screen brought unprecedented scenes of love, lust and passion to TV. An interactive adaptation of the historical fiction, “Harem Al Sultan: The Exhibition” reveals a unique experience of life in the Palace.

Doğuş Group CEO Hüsnü Akhan commented on the exhibition: Doğuş Group endeavors to touch the spirit of the past to make better sense of the present, and build a more prosperous future.” Akhan continued: “Preserving cultural heritage has a special position among the efforts of the group in fulfilling its corporate citizenship mission. The latest example is our sponsorship of “Magnificent Century: The Exhibition” – a throwback to one of the most illustrious and exceptional periods in our history.  Realizing Qatar’s great interest in the exhibition, we set out to ensure that the exhibition becomes available to the people of Qatar and represents Turkey abroad in the best way possible.  We are delighted to play our part in promoting Turkey’s greatest asset, its cultural heritage.” 

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Authentic artifacts will be displayed in elaborate settings inspired by locations from the Palace including the Harem and the Hamam. Exclusively made hyper-realistic silicone sculptures will enhance the feeling of being with the Sultan and his family. This is a chance to step inside a glorious world with Suleiman the Magnificent. The 600 square metre exhibition which includes artifacts and costumes as well as rich interactive extensions is an experience to know more about the unforgettable and beloved characters of the soap opera. 

A gift shop with items inspired from the series will open its doors to visitors alongside the exhibition selling jewellery, costumes, and other interesting Turkish Ottoman arts and crafts where guests can leave with a piece of the show adding to the atmospheric nature of the exhibition and the all-round experience. The Qatar Turkey 2015 Year of Culture is dedicated to connecting people in Qatar and Turkey through exploring the contemporary and traditional cultures of both countries. This exhibition will showcase the unique aspect of Turkish Ottoman history which included Qatar and will allow for people in both countries to learn more about each other and discover new aspects of art and culture.

"Harem Al Sultan: The Exhibition" made its world premiere in Istanbul in November 2014 and will travel to Doha for the first time as part of Qatar Turkey 2015 Year of Culture. This is the first time the exhibition will leave Istanbul and will run from 17th Sep – 12 Dec in QM Gallery in Katara.

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