DOHA: Qatar Museums Authority contributes to enrich cultural life in the State of Qatar through its many exhibitions, projects and accomplishments, internationally and locally, marked during the period 2012-2013.
One of its most important achievements was the listing of Al Zubarah Archaeological Site, one of the largest and best preserved examples of an 18th-19th century traditional pearl fishing and merchant town in the Gulf, on the UNESCO World Heritage List at the 37th session of the World Heritage Committee conference held in the Kingdom of Cambodia.
The Museums Authority organized several events and exhibitions in the State of Qatar such as ‘Painting the History’, the first for the French-Chinese artist Yan Pei-Ming in Doha.
Other important exhibitions include The Golden Age of the Islamic Civilization, The Art of Travel, Islamic Glass Exhibition, and the Heritage of Art Diplomacy that showcased 17th century paintings commissioned by the Habsburg Ambassador Von Kuefstein after his diplomatic mission to Istanbul.
In March, the Museum Authority organized a very important exhibition titled ‘Hey'Ya: Arab Women in Sport’.
The exhibition featured a brand new series of large-scale photographs by the internationally renowned photographer Brigitte Lacombe of more than 50 Arab sportswomen.
The second was the ‘Ferozkoh Mountain’, which was a partnership between the Museum of Islamic Art and Turquoise Mountain’s Institute for Afghan Arts and Architecture in Kabul.
Ferozkoh examines the preservation of traditional Islamic art, and the role that education plays in its transmission and translation.
During the Hajj season, the Museum Authority organized ‘Hajj: The Journey Through Art’ exhibition which examined the history of this pilgrimage through the centuries, focusing on the rituals of Hajj as depicted through art, the routes taken and the experiences of pilgrims upon their return.
Qatar Museum Authority also organized several forums such as the Global Art Forum -7, an annual regional platform for cultural discussion and debate.
It brings together a diverse line-up of participants, including artists, musicians, writers, and thinkers for six days of live talks and displays of commissioned projects.
Qatar Museum Authority also contributed to major projects in the State, for instance it participated in decorating the tunnels of Salwa Road in co-operation with the Public Works Authority (Ashgal). (QNA)