DOHA: Coup de Tête, a sculpture by artist Adel Abdessemed, was installed by Qatar Museums Authority’s Public Art Department on the Corniche yesterday.
The five-metre bronze sculpture refers to the moment when during his last professional football match, French hero Zinedine Zidane head-butted Italian player Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup final.
Zidane was sent off, and minutes later, Italy had won the ultimate prize in the game.
Jean Paul Engelen, Director of Public Art at QMA, said: “Adel Abdessemed’s sculpture tells a 21st Century story in a 19th Century style.
“It looks to the ancient Greek tragedies to trace doomed heroes and the frailties of human nature.
“In our world we look to football players as super heroes like their classical forebears, ultimately they display the same faults and defects we have and particularly when family honour is at stake.
“We are very proud that this sculpture has made its way from the Pompidou Museum in Paris to Doha’s Corniche.”
Mathaf, Arab Museum of Modern Art, will open an exhibition L’âge d’or (Golden Age) of works by Abdessemed on Sunday which will run until January 5.
Abdessemed, who is based in New York and Paris, transforms materials and imagery into unexpected and sometimes provocative artistic declarations, using a wide range of media, including drawing, video, photography, performance, and sculpture.
His inspiration comes from many sources — personal, historical, social, and political — and his work is sensitive and controversial, radical and mundane.
Abdessemed’s art describes effects of the globalised society on an individual, sometimes using personal experiences to express his thoughts through his creations. The Peninsula