Posted on August 09, 2012

Mal Lawal is a unique display of visual treasures that features an extensive collection of artifacts, antiques and contemporary artworks under one roof. It is the first exhibition of its kind in Qatar and the region.

This exhibition offers us a rare glimpse into the private collections that exist in Qatar, and was conceived, and made possible, under the guidance and leadership of HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani, and the Higher Management of the Qatar Museums Authority.


Mal Lawal is divided into two main parts, with 80 percent of the exhibition dedicated to collectors and their objects, which come both from Qatar and from other parts of the world, and include everyday and extraordinary items, with the remaining part focusing on Qatar’s contemporary visual arts scene. The relationship between these two elements represents the dialogue between the past and the present, and draws a connection between the old – what has been lovingly collected and preserved – and the new, the original works of art being created today.

This exhibition underlines the importance of acquiring and developing a personal collection that will benefit future generations, offering them a way to learn from the past while highlighting how even the most ordinary objects can evolve over time to gain great value.

Mal Lawal is a unique chance to take a deeply personal look at items that were crafted with tremendous precision and detail, and to view the development of Qatar’s arts scene. This exhibition helps us to discover the aesthetics of what has been achieved by previous generations, and to understand what is being created by present ones. Mal Lawal builds a bridge between past and present, showcasing the sustainable artistic and creative heritage of people in Qatar.

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