Events galore...

January 29, 2013 - 12:00:00 am

 

Events galore...

MIA is not only a place to contemplate art but also enjoy music, and will host a chamber music concert on February 7 at 6pm at the atrium. Featuring the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, the free concert is held every first Thursday of the month. In their February concert, the QPO members will play music by Mozart and Dvorák.

 

Qatar is never short of events when it comes to art and culture, even in February, the shortest month of the year.

The Orientalist Museum’s recently opened ‘Heritage of Art Diplomacy - Memoirs of an Ambassador’ is attracting much attention in art circles as four very rare and important 17th century paintings have been unveiled for the first time along with 12 gouache paintings depicting the voyage of Habsburg Ambassador von Kuefstein to Turkey. 

The exhibition at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) also features a movie delving into the tedious two-year restoration process of the four paintings, providing viewers an in-depth look into the work of museum researchers and restorers.

There is still time for those who have not been to the Art of Travel exhibition to see the paintings, which chronicle the journey to the Ottoman Empire by Danzig (Gdansk) Mayor Bartholomäus Schachman, who travelled to the most popular destinations among nobles, wealthy merchants, travellers and diplomats in the 16th century. Dated 1590, the album commissioned by Schachman contains a large number of full-page watercolor drawings that document what he saw during his travels through the Ottoman Empire in 1588-89. The album, along with other related works of art, is on display at the Al Riwaq exhibition space next to MIA. 

MIA is not only a place to contemplate art but also enjoy music, and will host a chamber music concert on February 7 at 6pm at the atrium. Featuring the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, the free concert is held every first Thursday of the month. In their February concert, the QPO members will play music by Mozart and Dvorák.

A number of lectures and workshops for various age groups are also scheduled for the month, focusing on art appreciation and education, one of the missions of MIA. The evening lectures include one on ‘Mughals, Talpurs and Rajputs: Arms from Three Courts in the Subcontinent’ by visiting MIA scholar Dr Robert Elgood on February 6, and another on ‘Seljuk Coats in Search of a Motherland’ by Galina Lasikova, Curator of Textiles, MIA, on February 27.

Some of the workshops for adults are ‘The Silk Road’, on production and techniques of silk painting, and ‘Eye of the Beholder’, on drawing.

In Katara, over 80 works of art, from photographs to paintings and installations are on display at the ongoing ‘Encounter: The Royal Academy in the Middle East’, featuring 25 Royal Academicians and 25 prominent artists from across the Middle East, including local artists.  

To add an educational element to the three-month-long expo, Katara has invited Royal Academy artist Richard Deacon for a residency programme at Katara Art Studios from February 4 to 9,

 

where he will show Qatari artists how they can improve their work.
The award-winning sculptor will also feature at a public talk on February 4 at Katara Building 15 together with one of the “Encounter” exhibition’s curators, Sa’id Costa, and Qatari artists Faraj Daham and Mubarak Al Malik.
In celebration of more than six decades of Magnum Photos, a wide collection of photographs captured by members of the agency are on show at the ‘Magnum 65 Years’ exhibition at Katara Building 13, which runs until February 12.  Together, the images encapsulate defining moments in recent history which have shaped the present.
Qatari pottery artist Talal Al Qasimi will provide an invaluable opportunity to participants to develop their skills and their conceptual approach to pottery as an art medium in a series of workshops which culminate in February.
The Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra has also lined up an impressive array of concerts for the month, starting with Choral Music of Two Khalifes (February 3, Opera House) followed by Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (February 8, QNCC) and Seventh Symphony (February 12, Opera House), Chamber Music Series: Classical Jazz and Tango (February 13, Opera House) and Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony (February 17, Opera House) and Fifth Symphony (February 22, Opera House).
Seventeen works by renowned Armenian-Lebanese painter Paul Guiragossian, his sons Emmanuel and Jean Paul and daughter Manuella are featured at ‘The Family’ exhibition at Anima Gallery at The Pearl Qatar until the end of the month. The entire family of artists has created works with varying approaches, but with the human element at their core.
For those who want to be inspired by art and the artists themselves, ‘Message of Hope’ is the right event to attend. Five members of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) association are coming to Doha for an exhibition, a series of interactive sessions and art competitions, which will be open to the public, at the Hamad bin Khalifa University Student Centre in Education City.
Various galleries in Souq Waqif are also having their own exhibitions. Breathtaking Qatari landscapes come alive at the ‘Magic of Nature’ exhibition at the Souq Waqif Art Centre with the works of the chairman of Qatar Photographic Society, Ahmed Yousef Al Khulaifi. 
When their ‘Farewell Letters’ concludes,  Al Markhiya Gallery opens another exhibition titled ‘Grafik’ on February 5, which will display works by Ahmed Nawar, Rafa Al Nasiri, Medhat Nasr and Modhir Ahmed. 
The Qatari Hosh Arts’ Moroccan Gallery is still on, where art and crafts lovers can not only view but also purchase Moroccan products, from lamps and silver pots to various kinds of porcelain, wooden furniture and jewellery.The Peninsula
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