DOHA: Following the success of its Fall exhibitions, Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) has announced a rich Spring 2014 programme of exhibitions to be held across the cultural sites of the country.
Starting with the opening of Mona Hatoum: Turbulence at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in February, followed by a solo Etel Adnan show at the same museum in March, residents and visitors in Doha will enjoy contemporary visual art as well as a playful account of history through the world of board games at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) with Kings and Pawns: Board Games from India to Spain, whilst people of all ages can experience and interact with sculpture by Richard Serra at both QMA Gallery and Al Riwaq.
Over 60,000 visitors attended QMA’s expos during the Fall which included Damien Hirst’s Relics at Al Riwaq, Hajj: A Journey Through Art at the MIA, Francesco Vezzoli’s Museum of Crying Women at QMA Gallery and Adel Abdessemed’s exhibition L’âge d’or at Mathaf.
Following the 2011 installation of the artist’s first public artwork in the Middle East, 7, a vertical steel sculpture in the MIA Park, QMA has invited American sculptor Richard Serra to exhibit in two cultural spaces in Doha. The exhibitions, both entitled Richard Serra, are curated by Alfred Pacquement, Honorary Director, National Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou, Paris. Both exhibitions run from April 2 to July 6.
At Al Riwaq, visitors will be able to experience Passage of Time comprising two immense steel curves, snaking diagonally through the large volume of the exhibition space. Concurrently at the QMA Gallery in Katara, seven sculptures and four large drawings presents the main stages in the development of Serra’s work, from the first Props in lead and steel to one of the more recent Torqued Ellipses. The works provide an historical context for both 7 and Passage of Time.
Richard Serra in Doha is the first museum exhibition arranged for the artist in the Middle East, bringing together sculptures and drawings from different periods of Serra’s fifty year career.
Mathaf will be showing Mona Hatoum: Turbulence from February 7 to May 18, the artist’s largest solo exhibition to date in the Arab world. Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, the show brings to the forefront the diversity of Mona Hatoum’s work over the last 30 years. Mathaf’s second spring show ‘Art is one of the roads to Paradise’ by Lebanese-American artist Etel Adnan will be open from March 18 till July 6. Mathaf’s programming extends across the Piazza, Garden, Library and First Floor Gallery, with the exhibition Paintings, Sculptures and Projects Garden, on view until February 9.
The recently opened Mathaf Project Space will see its first installation by Egyptian artist Magdi Mostafa to explore the dialogue between sound and space. The exhibition Kings and Pawns: Board Games from India to Spain will be showing in the Special Exhibitions Gallery at the MIA from March 19 to June 21. This exhibition uncovers the history of board games in the Islamic world, from India to Spain between the 7th and the 20th century.