H E Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Qatar Museums Authority, touring the “Turbulence” exhibition by artist Mona Hatoum at the Arab Museum of Modern Art (Mathaf) yesterday. With her are the Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage, H E Dr Hamad Abdulaziz Al Kuwari, Bahraini Minister of Culture H E Sheikha Mai bint Mohammad Al Khalifa, and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the museum, H E Sheikh Hassan bin Mohammed Al Thani.
Doha: H E Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Qatar Museums Authority (QMA), opened the “Turbulence” exhibition by the Artist Mona Hatoum at the Arab Museum of Modern Art (Mathaf), last evening.
The opening ceremony was attended by the Minister of Culture and Arts and Heritage H E Dr Hamad Abdulaziz Al Kuwari, Bahraini Minister of Culture HE Sheikha Mai bint Mohammad Al Khalifa, and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the museums H E Sheikh Hassan bin Mohammed Al Thani,
In a statement Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani said: QMA is proud to host the “Turbulence” exhibition by the creative artist Mona Hatoum at Mathaf, and provide the opportunity for the audience in Doha to see the varied and exciting artwork produced by Hatoum , over the last three decade .
The exhibition brings to the forefront the diversity of Mona Hatoum’s work over the last 30 years.
Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath of Art Reoriented, the exhibition’s premise builds on the artist’s topical work Turbulence (2012), a 4 x 4 meter square composed of thousands of glass marbles laid directly onto the floor. Placed exactly at the centre of the exhibition, this installation lies at the heart of a linear but non-chronological trajectory whereby a number of unexpected juxtapositions echo the complexity through which the artist has managed to challenge, and at times disturb, our experience of the ordinary.
The choice of the notion of turbulence as a conceptual framework for the exhibition is derived from the thematic and formal dichotomies inherent within the artist’s work. These render it familiar yet perplexing, allowing for an intense aesthetic experience that is both inviting yet impenetrable, or, in other words, turbulent.
“Mona Hatoum: Turbulence” is the artist’s largest solo exhibition to date in the Arab world. It consists of more than 70 works ranging from large-scale room installations such as Light Sentence (1992) and Suspended (2011) to smaller works on paper and sculptural objects such as Projection (2006), and Untitled (wheelchair II) (1999) respectively. It also includes some of the artist’s kinetic installations such as + and – (1994 – 2004) and Home (1999). The exhibition is punctuated with a number of the artist’s photographs like Van Gogh’s Back (1995) and Static Portraits (Momo, Devrim, Karl) (2000), as well as documentations of early performances such as The Negotiating Table (1983), highlighting the diversity of artistic undertakings that span the artist’s prolific three-decade oeuvre.
The exhibition to continue 7 until May 18, 2014.