Posted on February 07, 2016

Under the visionary guidance of its Chairperson, HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatar Museums is delighted to announce a series of exciting and dynamic exhibitions opening this spring, inspiring the next generation of cultural audiences and providing new experiences of art, culture and heritage for everyone to enjoy.

This year, residents and visitors of Qatar will be treated to a rich programme of exhibitions and events to mark the Qatar China 2016 Year of Culture, which celebrates the relations between the State of Qatar and the People’s Republic of China through cultural partnerships between Qatari and Chinese organisations, institutions and individuals. In addition to the exhibitions below, look out for more announcements of world class exhibitions, festivals, performances, educational programs and cultural exchanges across Qatar and China throughout the year!

  1. What About the Art? Contemporary Art from China

14 March 2016 – 16 July 2016

QM Gallery Al Riwaq

“What About the Art? Contemporary Art from China”, an exhibition from 15 contemporary Chinese artists curated by internationally acclaimed New York based Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang, will be on view at the QM Gallery Al Riwaq in March.

The exhibition will be the major highlight presented in the context of the Qatar China 2016 Year of Culture. After his solo exhibition held at Mathaf in 2011, artist Cai Guo-Qiang returns to Qatar, this time as a curator, to present an exhibition featuring 15 contemporary Chinese artists and collectives working in a variety of media. Artworks exemplifying each and every artist’s unique artistic language and methodology will be displayed in individual galleries, a curatorial approach further highlighting the distinctive creative pursuit of each individual participant.

Free entry

Opening hours

Sunday                10:30 – 17:00

Monday               10:30 – 17:00

Tuesday              Closed

Wednesday        10:30 – 17:00

Thursday            12:00 – 20:00

Friday                  14:00 – 20: 00

Saturday              12:00 – 20:00

  1. Silks from the Silk Road – Chinese Silk Art

24 March 2016 – 9 May 2016

QM Gallery, Building 10 Katara

The second major exhibition of the Qatar China 2016 Year of Culture, “Silks from the Silk Road – Chinese Art of Silk”, presents silk as a theme, and as a special local product of Zhejiang that played an important role in trade along the Silk Road. The exhibition highlights ancient and modern Chinese silk works, with around 100 pieces due to be showcased at the QM Gallery in Katara over a period of 6 weeks. The exhibition aims to map out the history of silk and its cultural significance over thousands of years, and allows visitors to experience the charm of contemporary Chinese silk. Free entry

Opening hours

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

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  1. Focus: Works from Mathaf Collection (Part 2)

10 March 2016 – 1 September 2016

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art

Focus: Works from Mathaf Collection is a series of solo exhibitions, featuring artists from the museum’s Permanent Collection, inviting audiences to rethink their understanding of art history and its connection to the world through original research, writing, and curating. The first five exhibitions featured Farid Belkahia (Morocco), Saloua Raouda Choucair (Lebanon), Faraj Daham (Qatar), and Inji Efflatoun (Egypt). In this second rotation of the exhibition, viewers will have the opportunity to experience the first solo museum exhibition of conceptual Emirati artist Hassan Sharif.

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

Free entry

Opening hours

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

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  1. Qajar Women: Images of Women in 19th Century Iran

8 April 2015 – 11 June 2016

4th floor Temporary Exhibitions Gallery

Still on show at the iconic Museum of Islamic Art, this exhibition demonstrates the centrality of women in the artistic expression of 19th-century Iran and how it continues to inspire contemporary artists. The most popular representations of the Qajar era have been of male sovereigns, whose life-size portraits exaggerate masculinity to depict power. Yet this era also saw a period of artistic modernisation in Iran, particularly in paintings and photography, in which depictions of women became essential elements of the scenes. Showcasing women at the court, and in private, alongside images of female musicians and aristocratic women, this exhibition explores rarely-told narratives of the Qajar artistic tradition.

Free entry

Opening hours

Sunday               10:30 – 17:00

Monday               10:30 – 17:00

Tuesday               Closed

Wednesday          10:30 – 17:00

Thursday             12:00 – 20:00

Friday                  14:00 – 20: 00

Saturday              12:00 – 20:00

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Qatar Museums in Spain

  1. Looking at the World Around You. Contemporary Works from Qatar Museums  

9 February 2016 – 19 June 2016

Sala de Arte, Fundación Banco Santander - Financial City, Madrid

For anyone lucky enough to visit Madrid this year, be sure to visit the Santander Gallery to see Looking at the World Around You – Contemporary Works from Qatar Museums . Organized by Fundación Banco Santander and Qatar Museums, the show features selected works from the collections of QM, in celebration of modern and contemporary art illustrating the Arab world’s perspective on the international art scene. The majority of the works in the exhibition come from the collection of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, with 160 pieces on show in total, portraying the Arab world and inviting visitors to observe and reflect on their surroundings. Curated by Abdellah Karroum, Mathaf’s Director, and Fatma Mostafawi, Curator at Mathaf, the exhibition includes works that range from René Magritte to Wael Shawky and Shirin Neshat, spanning nearly two centuries of artistic production across three continents.

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